Christmas Day Crime Spree Leads to Chase

While most people were enjoying Christmas Day with their families,  the Avery County Sheriff’s Department would end up in a high speed chase that went through Avery and Mitchell Counties and ended in Yancey County. They had begun  investigating several crimes that ended up being linked together and resulted in  Charlene Adams, age 36, of Banner Elk,  being arrested and charged with three counts of breaking and entering a Motor Vehicle, three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, one count of breaking and entering a residence, one count of larceny of a firearm, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, which was found cocked and ready to fire in the last vehicle Adams stole on Christmas day, and numerous traffic violations including felony fleeing. Adams was out on bail from a previous charge of possession of methamphetamine and has been served a warrant on a past misdemeanor breaking and entering of a residence. Adams is also suspected in two additional residential breaking and entering, one of which involved a larceny. These charges are pending the investigation completion at this time.