Man wanted on larceny charges

Published 9:57pm Tuesday, December 11, 2012


One man has been arrested and another man is wanted for the theft of car parts and recyclable material from a Chocowinity home, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

A report of the breaking and entering, along with larceny, came in about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Investigators learned that the suspects had entered a fenced area and broke into numerous storage containers, said a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Some of the stolen property was discovered at OBI Sheer Steel in Chocowinity, according to Maj. Kenneth Watson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

While the above-mentioned Mark Shane Tripp, 36, of Chapel Brank Road in Chocowinity, was arrested and charged with four counts felony breaking and entering, three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, and one count of first degree trespassing for the Nov. 9 crime, the other suspect in the investigation, Jimmy Wayne Ball Jr., 32, of Antler Drive in Washington, is still at large.

“He has lots of friends and relatives in the area, as well as over in Pitt County,” Watson said.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jimmy Ball Jr. is asked to contact Beaufort County Crime Stoppers by phone, text or through their website. Call 252-974-6400; text a tip anonymously by dialing 274637 on a cellphone and in the body of the message, typing BCSO131 and the tip; or submit a tip through the Crime Stoppers website,, by following the “Tip Line” link and filling out an online form. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to his arrest. Tipsters do not have to give their name to receive a reward.

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