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Three men caught trying to steal Bobcat from construction site

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KINSTON, N.C. -

On August 7, 2013 at 12:30am, Detectives with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office observed a white Bobcat tractor being towed on North Memorial Drive. The Bobcat was being towed with a black Ford Expedition.

Detectives stopped the vehicle and found a driver and two passengers. The driver was Arlester Darnell Hart Jr. He stated that he was working with the other two males with this construction company, which he did not know the name of and they were going to a job site in Virginia. He also did not know where in Virginia he was driving to. He was questioned further and stated they were first heading to Wilmington then to Wilson, but he was traveling north on Hwy 11, North Memorial Drive in Greenville. The other two passengers were questioned about the Bobcat and the stories were different and changed.

Early Ray London stated he worked for Steve Gray Construction Company. He stated that the Bobcat belonged to Steve Gray, bur there was a sticker on the side of the Bobcat with Farrior & Sons Construction Company.

Detectives contacted one of the owners, Bobby Evans, with Farrior and Sons, and learned that they had a Bobcat at a job site at the State Employees Credit Union in Kinston. Bobby Evans confirmed that there was a Bobcat there and nobody had permission to take or remove it.

Detectives then contacted Kinston Police Department and had them go to the job site and look to see if a Bobcat was still there. Kinston Police advised that there was no Bobcat at this job site. They then contacted the Farrior & Sons and took the report for Felony Larceny. The Bobcat is estimated value at $22,000.00.

All three suspects were arrested and charged with Felony Possession of Stolen Property and Resist, Delay and Obstruct a Law Enforcement Officer. All three suspects were placed in Pitt County Detention Center and given a $25,000.00 Secure Bond.

Kinston Police will be seeking additional warrants for Felony Larceny for all three subjects.

Arlester Darnell Hart Jr. 2004 Ford Expedition and his car utility trailer were seized by the Pitt County Sheriff's Office and will be subject to Forfeiture

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