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Demas told HDR that Barrett was driving on Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard when he collided with another car and continued to drive.
Barrett reached mile markers 126 and 127 on I-40 before his own car caught fire and left the area on foot, Demas told the newspaper.
Firefighters were responding to the vehicle fire when three vehicles crashed between exits 123 and 125. After this accident, a motorcyclist slipped his bike into the back of a truck. He had to be airlifted from the scene, but authorities told HDR he should survive.
These are not the first thefts of their kind to target stores in the region.
With the exception of Sunday’s theft, the News Herald found 10 incident reports over the past two years that detailed the thefts of perfume.
The most recent is a July 8 incident where $ 9,000 worth of perfume was stolen, Morganton Public Safety Captain Jason Whisnant said. This case is still under investigation, but the situation was similar: the suspect entered the store, took out a trash bag and began to fill it with perfumes and colognes.
On June 6, three women stole nearly $ 1,900 worth of perfumes from the Morganton Ulta store. On March 4, $ 1,542 in perfumes was stolen, and an incident on January 20 saw the theft of $ 1,721 in perfumes, Whisnant said.