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ONLY ON 3: Surveillance video shows Strickland cut GPS off and run


TABOR CITY, NC (WWAY) -- Even Hurricane Irene cannot stop another chapter in the strange story of a teen with ties to former state Sen. R.C. Soles.

Law enforcement in Columbus County are on the hunt for Allen "Frog" Strickland. Yesterday the 19-year-old cut off his GPS bracelet, but that's just the beginning.

Tabor City Police say around 5 p.m. Thursday Strickland showed up at Soles's home. The teen allegedly threw a bottle at Soles's car, but police say the vehicle was not damaged.

For a week now, Strickland has been on GPS tracking, a court order he received as part of a $1 million bond agreement from a previous vandalism charge.

With the GPS monitor still on him, investigators say Strickland left Soles's home. Forty-five minutes later Frog showed up at a nearby gas station.

Strickland cut off his GPS monitor at the Vasco Gas and Go in Tabor City. The store owner says this whole incident with Strickland happened in a few seconds.

Surveillance video obtained by WWAY shows Strickland quickly walking up to the store. He walks toward the back, puts his foot on a table, cuts off his GPS, then hands it to an employee. The store owner, who did not want to go on camera, says Strickland told his employee that the police should show up shortly. The owner says Strickland also told the employee that no one can do anything to him.

Strickland has been on the run ever since.

Friday morning investigators got a warrant for his arrest for first degree trespassing at Soles's home. Tabor City Police say Strickland violated a court order when he showed up to the estate.

According to Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless, Strickland is still on the run as of Friday afternoon.

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