Deputies believe popular Hickory business connected to organized retail theft

HICKORY, N.C. — A search warrant was executed Monday evening at a popular jewelry shop in Hickory, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office. On Tuesday, investigators went back out to search the business again.

The incident took place at the Gold King on Startown Road. The shop’s owner is licensed in precious metals and antiques.

Deputies said they were investigating allegations that items stolen in organized retail thefts were being taken to the business. Investigators told Channel 9 that they had already recovered tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen property.

Investigators shared photos of the items on Wednesday. They were stolen from stores like Home Depot, Target and Lowe’s.

The owner of the shop, Marty Christopher McDaniel, was arrested and charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count of obtaining property by false pretense. He received a $500,000 secured bond and appeared before a judge on Tuesday. There, his attorney argued for his bond to be reduced to $250,000.

Deputies went back to remove more items from Gold King on Tuesday.

Deputies said the investigation into this case is active and ongoing. Additional charges could be pending.

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