Murphy Man Charged in Car Thefts


Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the February 21st, 2019 arrest of 36 year old Joshua Charles Hampton of Murphy North Carolina in connection with several motor vehicle thefts.

On February 21st, 2019 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department conducted a joint investigation which identified Joshua Charles Hampton as a suspect in numerous vehicle thefts as well as breaking and entering into the vehicle.

Following information as to the location of the stolen vehicles members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Murphy Police Department located Hampton near a housing area in Murphy North Carolina. Hampton immediately fled on foot and was captured a short distance later.

Joshua Charles Hampton was arrested and brought to the Cherokee County Detention Center where he was charged with: LARCENY OF MOTOR VEHICLE X 2, MISDEMEANOR LARCENY X 2, POSSESS STOLEN AUTOMOBILE, LARCENY OF FIREARM, BREAK AND ENTER MOTOR VEHICLE X 2, FINANCIAL CARD THEFT X 2, FINANCIAL CARD FRAUD X 2. Hampton is currently incarcerated under a $105,000.00 secure bond and is expected to be in Cherokee County District Court March 07th, 2019.

Sheriff Derrick Palmer stated “Great job working with the Murphy Police Department on getting Hampton off the street.”

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Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Press Release: Local Man Arrested For Thefts

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John Mckinley Hogan


Friday, December 21, 2018
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Murphy, NC— Sheriff Derrick Palmer announced the December 19th, 2018 arrest of 21 year old John Mckinley Hogan of Marble North Carolina for thefts.

During the early morning hours of December 19th, 2018 the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that the fenced in area of a local business had been entered and a military type fuel truck had been stolen along with damaging the fence.

John Mckinley Hogan

John Mckinley Hogan

As deputies of the Patrol and Investigations Division were continuing the investigation additional information was made known of a four wheeler that had been stolen some distance from the original breaking and entering. Additionally, information was made know to the deputies that Hogan had previously been suspect into other thefts.

The Patrol Deputy went to the area where Hogan lived. Upon spotting the deputy Hogan gave a short chase before being arrested by the deputy.

During the investigation the truck and the four wheeler have been recovered.

John Mckinley Hogan was charged with 2 counts LARCENY OF MOTOR VEHICLE, RESISTING PUBLIC OFFICER, 2 counts INJURY TO REAL PROPERTY, FIRST DEGREE TRESPASS, FAILURE TO APPEAR ON MISDEMEANOR. Hogan is currently being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center under a $26,500.00 secure bond.

Sheriff Palmer stated “Excellent team work between Investigations and Patrol in clearing this case so quickly.”

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