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Man Arrested in Boone after Motor Vehicle B&E, Numerous Charges Filed Including Possession of Stolen Gun


Oct. 31, 2014. On Oct. 30 at approximately 4:15 a.m., Boone Police were notified of a breaking and entering to a motor vehicle. The resident awoke to find someone outside in his vehicle. Officers with the Boone Police Department and Watauga County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the call. The sheriff’s office K-9 unit tracked the suspect to N.C. 105 and High School Drive.

Joshua Adam Sparks, 31, of Richmond, Ky., was arrested. When Sparks was taken into custody, a loaded 9mm handgun was located near him. It was later determined the firearm was stolen. Sparks has been charged with the following:

  •  One count of Felony Possession of a Stolen Vehicle;
  • One count of Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm;
  • One count of Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon;
  • One count of Felony Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle;
  • One count of Misdemeanor Preparation to Break and Enter Motor Vehicles;
  • One count of Misdemeanor Larceny;
  • Two Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Property;
  • One count of Misdemeanor Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance.

Sparks received a $50,000 secured bond pending a Dec. 4, appearance in Watauga County District Court.

“We are thankful for the assistance of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office in apprehending Mr. Sparks. The fact that he was in possession of a loaded pistol when he was apprehended, underscores the dangers that officers increasingly face.” said Boone Police Sgt. T.J. Proffit.