A LaGrange man has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of Injury to Property to Obtain Non-Ferrous Metals Greater than $10,000, Felonious Larceny, Felony Possession of Stolen Property, Obtain Property by False Pretense.
Goldsboro Police Department reported that on June 6, 2022, officers with the Goldsboro Police Department’s Uniformed Patrol “A” Shift responded to 1634 W. Ash Street in reference to a theft that occurred on the old Cherry Hospital property. Upon their arrival, officers discovered that an unknown suspect had driven a vehicle onto the property and used it to pull a large transformer/water pump structure out from where it was attached in the concrete on the ground. The suspect then destroyed the structure in the process of cutting large amounts of copper wire/cable from breaker boxes within. Further investigation also revealed that the suspect sold the property he stole to a local recycling business.
Then on Sunday, June 12, while patrolling the property after receiving information that a specific suspect in a specific type of vehicle was supposed to be on the same property that night stealing copper wire/cable from the same area, a Cherry Hospital police officer located the suspect vehicle. The suspect then fled the scene at a high rate of speed, leaving a large quantity of cut copper wire/cable behind. The ensuing investigation into both incidents was conducted by an investigator with the Goldsboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Through the course of the aforementioned investigations, Jeffrey Lynn Carter, 55, of LaGrange, was developed as a suspect in both cases. Further investigation also revealed that the suspect sold the property he stole to a local recycling business.
On Thursday, Aug. 11, felony warrants were secured on 55-year-old, Jeffrey Lynn Carter for multiple felony charges between the two cases. Later the same afternoon, Jeffrey Carter, who was already in the custody of the Wayne County Jail on unrelated charges, was arrested by a warrant officer with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and taken before Wayne County Criminal Magistrate J. Farfour, where he was served with his outstanding felony warrants. He was then placed back into the custody of the Wayne County Jail in lieu of a combined total of $7,500 secured bond, pending his first court appearance, which was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12.