CUTLINE: Matthew Tharp

CUTLINE: Matthew Tharp

ATV-theft suspects caught

Published 7:34pm Friday, July 5, 2013


Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office

On March 22, at approximately 1 p.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking and entering and larceny at the North Carolina State University Lab site on Hickory Point Road in Aurora. Deputies responded to the scene, gathered information and collected evidence. On April 12, at approximately 9:25 a.m., the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a breaking and entering and larceny at a business on Spring Creek Road in Aurora. Deputies responded and collected information and evidence to begin an investigation. In both cases, Honda ATV’s were taken from the properties.

As a result of information and evidence gathered during the investigation, Investigator Jim Adams applied for and obtained warrants charging Matthew Harry Tharp, 25, of Cayton Road, Chocowinity, and William Jeffery Culver, 25, of Bostic Drive in Greenville, with two counts each of felony breaking and entering and two counts each of larceny after breaking and entering.

On June 29, Tharp was arrested by the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division at his residence. He was taken before Magistrate Eric Holmes and released under a $10,000 unsecured bond. Culver turned himself in at the Magistrates Office later on June 29 and was taken before Magistrate Holmes. Culver was also released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. During the investigation, one of the stolen ATV’s was recovered in the Kinston area and returned to the owner.

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