UPDATE from the APD… the suspect has been identified as William Clifton Lamm, a downtown resident.
On Saturday, 06-16-12, at approx. 3:30 pm, Officers with the APD responded to 46 Haywood St. in reference to multiple break ins that had occurred in the separate suite areas throughout the building. All told, there were 9 x separate businesses broken into accounting for approx. $5,000.00+ dollars worth of damage. Total monetary value of stolen items was approx. $15.00 dollars in spare change.
After a review of the surveillance video, detectives were able to quickly determine that the suspect in this matter is 35 year old downtown resident, William Clifton Lamm. Mr. Lamm had recently been charged in a similar break in at the Flat Iron Building in Downtown Asheville, wherein he stole cash and credit cards from women’s purses.
Mr. Lamm currently has 9 x open warrants for Felony Breaking and Entering, and 2 x open warrants for Larceny after Breaking and Entering. He is described as 5’11”, 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He also has a tattoo on his left shoulder with the word “Billy”. He is also known to frequent the downtown area.
Anyone with information as to Mr. Lamm’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Asheville Buncombe crimestoppers at 828-255-5050. Individuals can also text an anonymous tip to APD TIP at 274637 (CRIMES).
Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a man broke into and vandalized offices in the Haywood Park building. Local business owner Jose Ibarra of Applied Solutions Group is circulating the following security camera shot, asking for the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator.
Ibarra tells Xpress that “about 75 to 80 percent of the offices” on the top floor “got all their windows smashed.” The vandal took coins, but left most other items untouched.
“It seemed like he didn’t want to carry too much with him, I think he was looking for cash,” Ibarra says.
Anyone with information can contact the Asheville Police Department at 252-1110.