Pamlico Co. deputies arrest 4 in series of thefts


BAYBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Deputies in Pamlico County are investigating several residential break-ins and, as part of the investigation, they’ve arrested four people in two other series of larcenies.

On April 26th, deputies got a call about the theft of a television from Wal-Mart in Grantsboro. During that investigation, surveillance photographs were obtained which provided images of the suspects and their vehicle.

On May 1st, they made a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description of the one from the surveillance video in the Reelsboro community. As a result of the traffic stop, 26-year-old Valarie Dobbs and 29-year-old John Gray II, both of Jacksonville, were placed under arrest for Felony Larceny from Merchant. They were placed in the Pamlico County Detention Center. During the traffic stop, deputies recovered evidence from the vehicle that led deputies to determine the duo had been the unidentified suspects in at least one other similar larceny in Onslow County.

On May 2nd, deputies were investigating a series of two breaking and entering of a residence and two attempted breaking and entering of residences. All four happened on April 28th in Oriental. Based on eyewitness accounts, a suspect vehicle was identified, located, and a traffic stop was conducted.  During the stop, evidence was recovered that led deputies to conduct searches of two people’s residences, where stolen property was recovered from the April 28th breaking and enterings.

They charged 37-year-old JoAnn Berry of Florence with Felony Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Stolen Firearm. Berry was also charged with Obtaining Property by False Pretense in Craven County for selling some of the stolen property.

61-year-old Thomas Webster of Bayboro was charged with two counts of Felony Breaking and Entering, Larceny after Breaking and Entering, Larceny of a Firearm and Possession of Stolen Property.

On May 6th and May 11th, two firearms were recovered in Beaufort County that had been reported stolen from an Alliance residence on April 12th. Deputies say arrests are expected to be made as soon as that investigation concludes.

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