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Arrest made in thefts of all-terrain vehicles

JACKSON – The person allegedly responsible for a series of thefts that began in September of last year involving 4-wheelers & dirt bikes has been arrested.

Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith said 27-year-old Tony Creekmore of Garysburg was charged with five counts of obtaining property by false pretense, five counts larceny of a motor vehicle, six counts possession of a stolen motor vehicle, one count possession of counterfeit currency, and one count misdemeanor larceny.

Tony Creekmore

Sheriff Smith said NCSO Sgt. D. Shephard began an investigation into the larceny of 4-wheelers & dirt bikes on Sept. 8, 2019. Over the course of the ensuing eight months there has been numerous victims of approximately seven thefts investigated by Sgt. D. Shephard linked to the suspect.

Over the course of the investigation, Sgt. Shephard was able to identify and obtain warrants on Creekmore. Those warrants were served May 29 by the Roanoke Rapids Police Dept.

Creekmore was booked into the Northampton County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond and was scheduled to make an appearance in Northampton County Criminal District court on June 11.

Sheriff Smith commended Sgt. Shephard for his “diligent effort, persistence, and hard work in these investigations.” Anyone who is a victim of a larceny or any crime is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office or their local agency.

Sheriff Smith urged the importance and safety of individuals to use extreme caution with any transactions of ATV’s and dirt bikes to unknown subjects. Never allow anyone to test drive your items before any finalized transactions.

He also encouraged individuals making transactions to always meet in a secure location and be aware of counterfeit money.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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