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Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2011

Pitt County Sheriff Speaks Out On Safety

In the aftermath of the deadly mass-shooting at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' political event in Tucson on Saturday, and the open gun fire at a school board meeting in Bay County, Florida in December, Pitt County Deputies will have an increased presence at similar events. Sheriff Neil Elks said his office is keeping a closer eye on similar gatherings and meetings following events such as these.

“We are stepping up security to deter any threat,” stated Elks. “As always, we are reviewing our procedures to keep our citizens, and our public officials, as safe as possible.” Elks also said it's important for citizens to alert deputies of suspicious behavior. "If you see something out of the ordinary, or if someone is posting strange messages on social sites, let us know, and so that suspicious activity can be checked out," said Elks. Local politicians who feel uneasy or threatened can also request extra security from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office if there are safety concerns.

"We must, in a democracy, have access to our constituents," said Elks. “Meetings and informal events like the one Giffords was hosting on Saturday are an important part of hearing from the people that are being represented.”

For more Information, contact:
Christy Wallace
Public Information Director
252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

For Immediate Release:
January 21, 2011

Two Arrest Made In Christmas Day Fire

Travis Matthew Matia, DOB 08/11/1989, of Grifton, and Harvey Elvis Tripp, Jr., DOB 05/17/1989, of Farmville were both arrested and charged today on multiple charges in the case of the 12/25/2010 fire at 6355 US13, Farmville.

On Christmas Day, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious fire at the Farmville property. Property owner, Michael Morris of Atlantic Beach, said that the house was unoccupied and was being used as a storage building. Morris reported that many items were missing.

On January 21, due to the thorough efforts of the investigators, some of the stolen items were recovered, and Matia and Tripp were charged with the following:

· Conspiracy to Break and Enter with Intent to Commit Felony Larceny
· Conspiracy to Commit Felony Larceny
· Felony Conspiracy
· Second Degree Arson
· Felony Breaking and Entering
· Larceny after Breaking and Entering

Both were transported to the Pitt County Detention Center where each received a $100,000.00 secured bond.

For more Information, contact:
Christy Wallace
Public Information Director
252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

For Immediate Release:
January 28, 2011

Arrest in Sex Offense of a Child In July, 2010, a report was filed with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office involving Sex Offenses against a child. These offenses took place over a three year span. In November, 2010, a possible suspect was asked to take a polygraph, but fled Pitt County. Warrants were then sworn out on the suspect. Apprehension efforts began with attempting to narrow his location from many states. Once the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office determined that the suspect was in Richmond, VA, the USMS Fugitive Task Force was notified to assist in bringing the suspect into custody. On January 20, 2011, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the suspect was in custody in Virginia. Lannice Lavert Collins, DOB: 12/20/1963, was arrested and charged with First Degree Sex Offense of a Child. Collins awaits extradition back to North Carolina.

For more Information, contact:
Christy Wallace
Public Information Director
252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

For Immediate Release:

March 24, 2011


Trafficking  Opium or Heroin

 A three month investigation of drug trafficking has resulted in the arrest of James Eric Hannan,  DOB 12/03/1961, of 550 Terradel Road, Greenville.

 The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit purchased trafficking amounts of Opium from Hannan which led to a search warrant of his residence.  Hannan was arrested and charged with Trafficking Opium or Heroin by Possession, Trafficking Opium or Heroin by Sell, and Trafficking Opium or Heroin by Deliver.

 He was transported to the Pitt County Detention Center and placed under a $150,000 secured bond.  Other charges are pending in this case.

 For available Mug Shot, please contact the Pitt County Detention Center.

 

For More Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

Press Conference:

March 25, 2011

 

Update

Church Air Condition-Copper Theft Ring

 

From July 15 until November 5, 2010, 17 incidents were reported of air conditions being stolen or stripped of copper in Pitt County.  During this time, deputies patrolled extra at churches, and the Special Operations Unit worked nights monitoring possible target churches.

 

On October 19, Crime Stoppers offered a $5,000 reward for information on any of these larcenies. On October 20, several local new agencies ran feature news stories on these cases.

 

On Friday, March 25 at 11:00 in the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Conference Room, Sheriff Elks will release updated information regarding 15 of the 17 incidents.

 

Sheriff Elks stated, “A lot of hard work and man hours have been invested in solving these cases, and we are happy to report that it has paid off.”

 

 For more Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

For Release:

March 31, 2011

 

Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy


The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office announces the first PCSO Citizen’s Academy being held from April 5, 2011June 7, 2011.

The Citizens' Academy is a program designed to provide Pitt County residents new insight into how deputy sheriffs and investigators perform their duties, as well as how the department serves the community.

In a classroom setting, often enhanced with field trips and tours, citizens explore various aspects of law enforcement, including Narcotics, Investigations, a mock trial, processing a crime scene, as well as a tour of the Pitt County Detention Center.

Each class provides insight into the challenging tasks and daily functions of the sheriff’s office. Instructors are veteran officers who teach in their own areas of expertise.

Participation in the academy requires a commitment of one night a week, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., for the 10-week period.  Classes are held Tuesday nights. There is no fee for the academy, but space is limited and participants must be 18 or older.

For further information, contact Desha Lane (252) 902-2776.

 

 

 

Released by:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

3-31-2011

 

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Derek Ray Phelps, 23, of 2111 Sir Norman Court, Greenville on the following charges: (2cts)  Indecent Liberties with a Child(14-202.1) ,(5cts) Solicit a Child By Computer to Commit an Unlawful Sex Act (14-202.3).

 

The arrest of Derek Phelps comes as a result of an investigation into inappropriate contact between Phelps and a 13 year old male juvenile. The investigation into this case continues, and further charges are possible. 

 

For Further Information, contact:
Christy Wallace
Public Information Director
252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

For Immediate Release:

April 1, 2011

 

Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshall’s Violent

Fugitive Task Force Work Together

Career Criminal Arrested

 

On March 31, the US Marshall’s Violent Fugitive Task Force with the assistants of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anthony Leon Cannon, DOB:  4/1/1969 of 4106 Bridge Court, Greenville.   

 

In September, 2010, the PCSO began investigating Cannon for defrauding people and companies.  The investigation revealed a history of fraud, usually carried out through his self-employed construction business. 

 

Cannon is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $512,000 bond charged with the following:

  • Felony Worthless Check (2 counts)
  • Obtaining Property by False Pretense (3 counts)
  • Assault Inflecting Serious Bodily Injury (1 count)
  • Common Law Robbery (1 count)
  • Obtaining Property by False Pretense (3 Counts)
  • Criminal Summons for worthless check
  • Misdemeanor Probation Violation (2 counts)
  • Felony Probation Violation (2 counts)
  • FTA for worthless checks (4 Counts)
  • FTA for Obtain Property by Worthless Check (2 Counts)

 

Cannon is also listed as a Probation Absconder by the NC Probation Parole. Currently, Cannon is on 24 months supervised probation for felony conviction of obtaining property by false pretenses.  To sum up, Cannon has a criminal history of this type of crimes, as well as others.

 

The investigation is on-going into further fraud incidents by Cannon.  Cannon’s modus operandi (method) of defrauding people is to not complete work or to write a check that is on a bad or closed account.  If anyone suspects that they may have been a victim of Cannon’s deceit, please contact Detective W.B. Early with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office at 252-902-2773.

 

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

Press Conference

April 1, 2011

 

 

April’s Monthly Press Conference


 

Sheriff Neil Elks will be holding the April Press Conference on Tuesday, April 5 at 10:00 in the Pitt County Sheriff's Office conference room.

 

During this month’s meeting, Sheriff Elks will be presenting two newly implemented programs that the sheriff’s office will be providing for the citizens of Pitt County.  Several guests from the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Elderly Safety will be explaining how this program benefits our senior citizens.  Also, Sheriff Elks will answer any questions about the PCSO first ever Citizen’s Academy, which begins Tuesday evening at 6:30. 

 

Sheriff Elks will also answer any questions about the multiple arrests made this past week by the sheriff’s office, as well as addressing any other points that you may have.   

 

All members of the media, including reporters, editors, producers and news directors are encouraged to attend this informative meeting.  Please bring any suggestions that you may have to help us better convey information to you so that the sheriff’s office can better serve and protect the citizens of Pitt County. 

 

For Further Information, contact:

Christy Wallace

Public Information Director

252-902-6357

Pitt County Sheriff Office Press Release

PITT COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

NEIL ELKS, SHERIFF

 

 

For Immediate Release:
April 5, 2011

Five Arrests in Breaking and Entering, Safecracking Ring

A rash of breaking and entering and safecracking burglaries in Pitt County businesses has led to the arrests of five individuals.  Jeffrey Michael Phelps, DOB:  2/19/1988 of 611 Langley Drive, Grimesland;  David Allen Phelps, DOB:  9/22/1993 of 2320 Ivy Road, Greenville;  Brandt William Elis, Jr., DOB:  6/3/1988 of 1904 Rosemont Drive, Greenville;  Randy Stanley Dixon, DOB:  7/9/1990 of 1406 Birdneck Circle, Greenville;  and Jesus Daniel Ruiz, DOB:  8/16/1992 of 1326 Ellison Court, Greenville are now in the Pitt County Detention Center charged with multiple counts.

Investigators with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office seized fingerprints at an armed robbery on March 14 at 2675 Bruce Strickland Road, Bell Arthur.  In this armed robbery, guns were fired.  (See original release.)  The fingerprints matched evidence found at other breaking and entering and safe cracking robberies which were occurring across the county. 

Cases include JJ’s Country Store at 1330 Hwy. 903 N, Stokes on February 3 where cash, beer, soft drinks, a cigarette dispenser, a safe and other items were stolen.  T-Rays at 4551 NC 43 South, Greenville on March 10  where televisions, video machines and other equipment were stolen;  Players Retreat at 1641 Pactolus Hwy, Greenville in March 21 where a touch screen computer game system, a juke box, a card machine, a cigarette machine, a television, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and money were stolen;  427 Convenient Mart at 1461 Old River Road, Greenville on March 28 where tobacco products and cash were stolen;  The Country Store at 3982 Mills Road, Greenville on March 28 where an air conditioner was stolen.

Jeffrey Michael Phelps is charged with Conspiracy to Break and Enter a Building with the Intent to Commit a Felony;  3 counts of Larceny; 4 counts of Breaking and Entering a Building;  4 counts of Breaking and Entering Coin Machines;  2 counts Breaking and Entering Paper Currency Machines;  3 counts of Larceny after Breaking and Entering;  Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon; 1st Degree Burglary;  Discharging a Weapon on Occupied Property;  Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon;  2 counts of Safecracking;  Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.  Phelps is under a $250,000 secured bond.

David Allen Phelps is charged with 3 counts of Breaking and Entering;  2 counts of Larceny after Breaking and Entering; 1st Degree Burglary;  Discharging a Weapon on Occupied Property;  Conspiracy to Commit Robbery;  Possession of Marijuana up to ½ oz.;  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Phelps is under a $20,000 secured bond.

Elis is charged with Attempted 1st Degree Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon;  1st Degree Burglary; Discharging a Weapon on Occupied Property;  Conspiracy to Commit Robbery;  Possession of Marijuana up to ½ oz.;  Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Elis is under a $150,500 secured bond.

Dixon is charged with 5 counts of Breaking and Entering a Building;  4 counts of Breaking and Entering Coin Machines; Safecracking;  Conspiracy to Commit Breaking and Entering;  4 counts of Larceny after Breaking and Entering.  Dixon is under a $150,500 secured bond.

Ruiz is charged with  3 counts of Breaking and Entering;  2 counts of Breaking and Entering Coin Machines; Conspiracy to Commit Breaking and Entering;  2 counts of Larceny after Breaking and Entering.  Ruiz is under a $50,000 secured bond.

Further charges may be pending.

For more Information, contact:
Christy Wallace
Public Information Director
252-902-6357

 

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