UPDATE: Man accused of stealing mail now accused in vehicle break-ins

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) A man already accused of stealing mail and checks is now facing dozens of new charges, accused by local authorities of breaking into and stealing from numerous vehicles over the past few months.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office arrested William Stout Jr., 37, of Shallotte in Brunswick County, on March 5th.

First, he was charged with nine counts of vehicle breaking & entering, seven counts of larceny after breaking and/or entering, and two counts of felony conspiracy. He was given a $72,000 bond.

Investigators say they developed Stout as their suspect after being called out the Rock Creek subdivision in Jacksonville in December and January for sever vehicle break-ins.

He had been arrested by the Craven County Sheriff's Office, accused of taking mail from mailboxes and packages from front porches in several different neighborhoods in Craven, Carteret, and Onslow Counties.

They say he stole outgoing mail and used personal checks to manipulate who the check was to and then cash them for different amounts of money.

After detectives from both agencies met, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office says they confirmed Stout was the man behind the Rock Creek break-ins.

Later on March 5, Stout was given additional charges.

Those vehicle break-ins happened in the Old 30, Halltown and Grants Creek areas of Onslow County.

Deputies say he also stole checks, altered them, and then cashed them at various banks in Jacksonville, New Bern, and Cape Carteret.

Stout is now charged with 20 counts each of larceny of choice in action, common law forgery, common law uttering, obtaining property by false pretense, stolen goods/property. His bond for those charges is set at $772,000.00 secured.

Onlsow County deputies say they worked their investigation with the Jacksonville Police Department and Craven and Carteret County Sheriff's Offices.

"Larcenies from unlock and unattended vehicles are preventable crimes," says Sheriff Hans Miller. "You should always lock your car, hide your valuable belongings and take your keys when you leave your vehicle. Even in your own driveway. Thieves will look for easy targets and vehicles that are left unlock provide such a target."


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A man is behind bars after investigators say he was stealing checks out mailboxes in several eastern Carolina counties.

The Craven County Sheriff's Office arrested 38-year-old William Stout Jr. of Shallotte on multiple charges, including 13 counts of common law forgery, 12 counts of larceny of a check and 12 counts of possession of stolen property.

Deputies say he was taking mail from mailboxes in several different neighborhoods in Craven, Carteret, and Onslow Counties.

They say he stole outgoing mail and used personal checks to manipulate who the check was to and then cash them for different amounts of money.

Investigators say in addition to stealing checks, Stout also stole packages from front porches.

He was arrested while trying to cash a stolen check at a bank in New Bern.

Investigators say more charges and arrests are expected in the case.