Tackle theft lands two in jail

Published 8:36 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Chaz Goss, Christopher Merrill


Two Washington men were arrested June 6 and charged with the theft of some expensive fishing gear last fall, according to a press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

Chaz Allen Goss, 24, of Harbour Way, and Christopher James Merrill, 18, of Corvette Road, were each charged with one count of first degree burglary and one count of larceny after breaking and entering.

The theft of the fishing tackle at Swan Point Reef residence happened the night of Sept. 29, 2012, when the resident wasn’t at home.

“It was worth several hundred dollars,” said Maj. Kenneth Watson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. “Of course, a good rod and reel combo these days will cost you $100.”

Merrill turned himself in to the sheriff’s office on June 6 and release under a $25,000 unsecured bond. Goss is currently serving time with the NC Department of Corrections for unrelated crimes and will be served at the completion of his current sentence, according to the press release.