TABOR CITY, N.C. (WECT) – After recent crimes in Tabor City have resulted in multiple arrests, Police Chief Donald Dowless remains confident in his department’s ability to respond to crime.
“We’ve got it under control here,” said Dowless. “Been here a long time. My officers are all seasoned officers, they know pretty much what’s going on, and when someone does create a crime — as I said — within 10 to 30 minutes we usually have the individual.”
One example of a swift response came this week when a man robbed First Bank on East Fifth Street in Tabor City. Police say they were able to find the suspect quickly thanks to help from witnesses and the community.
“We have a good response here from all the citizens in the town when we have a crime to occur here,” said Dowless. “They’re very, very helpful.”
Police arrested Arthur Jennings in connection with the robbery. He was given a $50,000 bond.
Last week, Tabor City Police arrested Shonita Russ after she allegedly broke into a home in the town, she was charged with stealing a car, breaking and entering, and armed robbery. Her total bond is listed at over $100,000.
Despite these recent crimes, Dowless wants to reassure the small town of Tabor City that he believes his team can succeed if they continue to keep up their policing habits.
“We’ve only had two incidents in town here. It’s usually pretty quiet here,” said Dowless. “We always do a lot of patrolling in town, I believe in community policing and all, but we’ve only had two incidents right here recently.”
Dowless’ message to Tabor City residents: stay calm, but stay alert.
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