Tommy Ray Bolton (Source: Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office)
This is the suspected older model Chevy, posing as a Red Cross vehicle (Source: BCSO)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -
Investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office do not plan to file charges against Tommy Ray Bolton for anything related to toys found in his pickup truck after his arrest Monday night in Navassa.
Investigators said Navassa Police attempted to stop the vehicle Monday night, but the driver did not stop, and after a short chase officers apprehended and arrested Bolton.
Several toys were found in the truck, and an American Red Cross magnet was stuck to the side of the vehicle. In an email news release Monday, the Sheriff's Office called the incident a “possible scam”, saying “numerous toys were found in the truck and are believed to be donations from the community who believed the subjects were with the American Red Cross”.
Navassa Police have charged Bolton with several traffic-related offenses, and with possession of stolen property related to the Red Cross magnet which was earlier reported stolen. Navassa Police are not charging Bolton with anything related to the toys found in the pickup truck.
Police Chief Preston Howell of the Navassa PD says they did find receipts for several of the toys found inside Bolton's vehicle.
According to Sergeant Perez of the Navassa Police Dept., Bolton is now charged with felony fleeting to elude, speeding, careless and reckless driving, possession of stolen property, driving while license revoked due to prior DWI charges and failure to maintain lane and passing in no passing zone.
Members of the American Red Cross said people will often pose as volunteers from their organization for their own personal gain.
"It's always disheartening when someone misuses the American Red Cross brand or misrepresents the organization in some way. And the American Red Cross takes this very seriously, so we're working very close with the Navassa Police Department who is proactively investigating this situation," said Vicki LaBelle, Executive Director of the American Red Cross for the Cape Fear Chapter.
LaBelle also said American Red Cross workers do not go door to door soliciting donations, so if you run into anyone doing this, they ask that you please call police.