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Man arrested after reported power theft


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

A complaint about the theft of electricity from a Greenville woman led to the arrest of a neighbor on drug and gun charges, the Greenville Police Department reported on Monday.

A woman who lives on Paul Circle told police on Friday that she noticed her utility bill was higher than usual and found an extension cord plugged into a socket in her outside storage shed. Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter said the cord led across a tree line into a neighboring apartment.

Officers attempted to make contact at the apartment when an occupant ran out of the back door, Hunter said. Officers followed the suspect on foot and he was taken into custody after a brief chase.

Officers conducted a search of the area with a police dog following the detainment of the man, later identified as Dartaveris Thigpen of Farmville, Hunter said. The search located a 9mm handgun approximately 20 feet away from the apartment.

Officers later learned the gun was reported stolen from Farmville, Hunter said. Officers also discovered a plastic bag of marijuana in the bushes outside of the home.

Thigpen was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver marijuana, resisting a public officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The case remains under investigation.


The police department released reports Monday with the following details and allegations:

Break-ins, thefts

■ 400 block Student Street, 11:02 p.m. Oct. 21: home entered without force through front door; no items listed as stolen; investigation ongoing.

■ 3100 Stantonsburg Road, 7-7:20 p.m. Oct. 21: a four-pack of AAA batteries, five packs of Newport short cigarettes, and five packs of Newport long cigarettes, all valued at $63.15, stolen from Dollar General; investigation ongoing.

■ 300 block North Sylvan Drive, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20-7:32 a.m. Oct. 21: home entered without force; Suddenlink cable box, red Xbox 360 controller, blue Xbox 360 controller, four black Xbox One controllers, black Xbox One, black 19-inch flat screen TV, black 55-inch flat screen TV, and 32-inch flat screen TV, all valued at $1,165, stolen; investigation ongoing.

■ 1400 block North Memorial Drive, 11:30 p.m. Oct. 20-1 a.m. Oct. 21: .40-caliber Smith & Wesson firearm valued at $330 stolen; investigation ongoing.

■ 1500 block Halifax Street, 8 p.m. Oct. 20-4:47 a.m. Oct. 21: break-in reported at residence; no items listed as stolen; case cleared by citation.

■ 600 S.E. Greenville Blvd., 7:56-8:46 p.m. Oct. 17: light fixture valued at $150 stolen from PetsMart; investigation ongoing.

■ 4600 E. 10th St., 6-6:30 p.m. Oct. 20: 14 miscellaneous food products and toiletry items valued at $55.26 stolen from Walmart and recovered; case cleared by citation.

■ 714 S.E. Greenville Blvd., 12:45-2 p.m. Oct. 20: black wallet of unspecified value stolen from man at Greenville Mall; investigation ongoing.

■ 1500 block Beatty Street, 8 a.m. Sept. 30-8 a.m. Oct. 20: fully loaded MP15 rifle magazine, open box of 9-mm caliber bullets, and Nectar polarized TR90 sunglasses, all valued at $85, stolen; investigation ongoing.

■ 400 block Moyewood Drive, 6 a.m. Oct. 19-11:03 a.m. Oct. 20: electrical meter valued at $200 stolen from residence; investigation ongoing.

■ 300 block Paris Avenue, 5 p.m. Oct. 19-10 a.m. Oct. 20: rear window of residence pried open to gain entry; five-gallon bucket of white paint valued at $35 and two carpets valued at $245 stolen; investigation ongoing.

■ 210 S.W. Greenville Blvd., 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19: PlayStation headphones valued at $70.99 and unspecified brand of soap valued at $15 stolen from Walmart; investigation ongoing.

■ 210 S.W. Greenville Blvd., 11:30-11:50 a.m. Oct. 19: plate of food valued at $7 stolen from Walmart; investigation ongoing.

■ 500 block Square Street, 9 p.m. Oct. 15-8 a.m. Oct. 19: miscellaneous size sockets, nail gun, brad nailer, and 200-piece tool kit, all valued at $640, stolen from home; investigation ongoing.

■ 3000 block Golden Road, 5 p.m. Oct. 18-7:38 a.m. Oct. 19: 60 Adderall pills of unlisted value, 20-23 Clonzepam pills of unlisted value and a large bottle of Two Fingers tequila valued at $25 stolen from home by neighbor; investigation ongoing.

■ 600 block West Arlington Boulevard, 3:34 p.m. Oct. 12-8:15 a.m. Oct. 16: iPhone 6 Plus with black and gold case valued at $400 stolen; case closed: leads exhausted.

Property Damage

■ 1300 block East 10th Street, 3-8 p.m. Oct. 21: 2013 black Honda motorcycle sustained $10,000 in damage; case inactive.

■ 1200 block Battle Street, 4:30-5:30 a.m. Oct. 21: 2001 gold Buick Century sustained $2,000 in damage; case closed/cleared.

■ 2100 block Montclair Drive, 5 p.m. Oct. 19-3 p.m. Oct. 20: two double pane windows of home sustained $300 in damage; investigation ongoing.

■ 100 block West Victoria Court, 7-7:45 p.m. Oct. 19: unspecified make and model motorcycle sustained $35 in damage; 1995 green Dodge pickup sustained $1,500 in damage; storm drain, light pole, garbage dumpster and community mail box all vandalized with black spray-painted graffiti; case closed by juvenile contact.

■ 2200 block East 10th Street, 1 p.m. Aug. 8-1 p.m. Oct. 18: 2015 gray Toyota Camry sustained an unreported amount of damages; case inactive.

Pitt County

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office released reports Friday and Monday with the following details and allegations:

Break-ins, thefts

■ 200 block River Road Estates Road, 10:45-11:35 p.m. Oct. 19: 2007 black Honda Accord valued at $6,000 stolen from residence and recovered; case status: open.

■ 5068 N.C. 33 E., 5:50 a.m. Oct. 20: robbery with a handgun reported at Speedway; no injuries reported; no items listed as stolen; case status: open.

■ 200 block Caddie Court, 10 p.m. Oct. 19-10:54 a.m. Oct. 20: 90 tablets of prescription Percocet valued at $30 stolen from a 2002 black Cadillac Escalade; case status: open.


■ 400 block Britannia Drive, 12:30-12:31 a.m. Oct. 18: 44-year-old woman assaulted at home by boyfriend; no injuries reported; case status: open.

■ 1500 block Roberson Drive, 6:40-6:45 p.m. Oct. 18: 28-year-old woman assaulted at home by boyfriend; minor injuries reported; arrest made.

■ 3400 block Steps Drive, near Fountain, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18: 26-year-old man assaulted by girlfriend at home; no injuries reported; case cleared: victim refused to cooperate.

■ 5800 block Rivercreek Drive and Clarks Neck Road, near Washington, 4-4:48 p.m. Oct. 19: 25-year-old woman assaulted at home by known person and boyfriend; minor injuries rpeorted; case inactive.

■ 4600 block Whichard Road, 5:06 a.m. Oct. 21: 23-year-old woman assaulted by boyfriend at bar; no injuries reported; case status: open.

Property Damage

■ 6100 block Stantonsburg Road, near Farmville, 6:53 p.m. Oct. 19: Jeep 3500 sustained $500 in damage and unspecified structure sustained $100 in damage from rifle; case status: open.

■ 3400 block Old River Road, 2:04 a.m. Oct. 20: two unspecified vehicles each sustained $100 in damages; case status: open.


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