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Pair charged for crash and carry at Kash and Karry

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042117 Harrison Tyler Griffin
042117 Elijah Andrew Potter

Beth Velliquette
The Daily Reflector

Friday, April 21, 2017

Two men have been arrested on charges they backed a stolen van through the front of a convenience store and stole cigarettes Wednesday morning.

The break-in occurred about 3:35 a.m. at the Kash and Karry No. 3 at 4969 N.C. 903 South in Ayden.

When the break-in alarm sounded and alerted 911, a deputy was nearby and drove to the store. 

“The whole store front was crashed in,” said Major Paula Dance of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office. “Someone had crashed a whole vehicle in it.”

The vehicle that had crashed into the store was gone, but the deputy alerted law enforcement in the area to be on the lookout for a vehicle that had rear end damage and no taillights, Dance said.

“One of the deputies saw a white van that had rear end damage and broken taillights,” Dance said.

Meanwhile the store owner arrived and played the security video, which showed a white van crashing through the front of the store and someone getting out and grabbing merchandise and cigarettes in about one minute, she said.

The deputy stopped the van, which had two men in it, and upon searching it, found a bunch of cigarettes inside, Dance said.

Deputies arrested the two men and recovered $1,000 worth of tobacco products and a $2 cigarette lighter. 

The van had been stolen, Dance said.

Damage to the store was estimated at $15,000.

The sheriff’s office charged Elijah Andrew Potter, 20, and Harrison Tyler Griffin, 23, both of 8482 E. Marlboro Road, Farmville with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Each was being held in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $30,000 bond.

Contact Beth Velliquette at bvelliquette@reflector.com or at 252-329-9566.