Felony charges for vending break-ins

Published 12:25 am Friday, February 10, 2012

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said that two men were arrested Jan. 27 when a patrol deputy identified the vehicle the men were driving from surveillance video of a Jan. 21 crime.

David Lee Williams Jr.

Rexter Pierre Williams

According to the press release, the original crime occurred at the Piggly Wiggly on River Road in Washington — on Jan. 21, a drink machine was broken into and the cash inside stolen. The sheriff’s office obtained video footage from the outside camera surveillance system and launched an investigation. On Jan. 27, a deputy spotted the suspect vehicle from the store video footage traveling on Highway 264 East near Brickiln Road and initiated a traffic stop. Having identified the subjects inside the vehicle, Patrol Sergeant Michael Sheppard searched the vehicle and seized approximately $5 in loose coins, two crowbars, a hammer, and a tire iron. While Sgt. Sheppard spoke to the subjects in the vehicle, another deputy was sent to check the drink machines in front of the Piggly Wiggly on River Road. The deputy discovered the same drink machine at the Piggly Wiggly had been broken into just prior to the vehicle stop.

David Lee Williams Jr., 41, of South Pitt St., Greenville, and Rexter Pierre Williams, 42, of Dean Drive in Washington, were both charged with one count each of felony breaking or entering coin/currency machine and injury to personal property.

“Breaking or entering coin/currency machine becomes a felony when you have a prior conviction for misdemeanor breaking or entering coin/currency machine,” said a representative from the sheriff’s office.

The two men each received $7,500 secured bonds from Magistrate D. Curtis.

As a result of the investigation into the Jan. 21 incident, both subjects were charged with one additional count each of felony breaking or entering coin/currency machine and injury to personal property, and received an additional $3000 secured bond from Magistrate D. Sadler.

David Williams was also served with an outstanding Order for Arrest from Pitt County and received an additional $10,000 secured bond, as stated in the press release.