POLICE: Kinston Mum Thief Nabbed

Kinston Police say they've caught the so-called mum thief.

Investigators say they received numerous Crime Stoppers tips that lead to the arrest of 48-year-old Thomas Malloy of Kinston.

He's charged with two counts of misdemeanor larceny and released on a written promise to appear in court on November 19.

Police said someone had been targeting Riggs Produce on Highway 11 North, taking their mums. A total of 53 plants, with a value of almost $600, were taken since October 2nd.

An infra-red surveillance camera was set up and police released pictures of the thief on Monday.

According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Malloy has a criminal record, including convictions for drugs and shoplifting.

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Someone is stealing mums from a roadside produce stand and police say they need your help in catching this so-called mum thief.

Kinston police say the thief has struck Riggs Produce on Highway 11 North four different times. A total of 53 plants, with a value of almost $600, have been taken since October 2nd.

An infrared camera was set up to catch the thief. Police say the thief's complexion may be darker than on the images and they know he smokes cigarettes, as seen in one of the photographs.

If you know who the mum thief is, you should call Kinston police at 252-939-3184 or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.

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  • by to Anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    You right I do need to stay out of trouble, but trouble is so good to get into. Maybe your husband would like to join me.
  • by Me Location: here on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    If he will steal mums, what will be the next thing he steals? Whatever that may be, hopefully it comes from OMG's house since they don't seem to think he should get in trouble!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 at 06:08 AM
    OMG...If you stay out of trouble you would not need a lawyer...Heck yea..He needs to go to jail, those mums did not belong to him he ought to keep his hands to himself...I don't know what you did but you probably need to go to jail too!!!!!!
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Oct 21, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    Way to go pete & both anonymous. OMG's statement shows the type of person he/she is. I would love to see the good ole "chain gangs" back. Instead of stealing he could do some REAL work.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:07 PM
    TO OMG!!! These "Mums" are how these HONEST people are making their living, paying their bills and feeding their families. So YES, he should go to jail for stealing the mums and if you think differently, then let him go take whatever belongs to you.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Oct 21, 2009 at 06:06 PM
    put him in prison then put him on work release and let him plant flowers for the state up and down our highways for the beautification project..I will wave at him when I ride by.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    To OMG: Do you not know the difference between right and wrong? Evidently you must run in the same circle as this guy, since you ALREADY have a lawyer. Are you a thief too? Stealing is just WRONG!
  • by David Location: Greenville on Oct 21, 2009 at 05:25 PM
    A convicted felon released on a promise to show up for court.....
  • by No Tina on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    I think that people complain about their tax money so much that it would be silly to pay for him to sit in jail when he could work for the person whom he robbed and pay back every cent. That is what I think.
  • by Tina Location: Gville on Oct 21, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    So OMG do you think the man should not be punished at all for stealing $800 worth a product from a vendor? Do you think that the person who was robbed should not care that $800 worth of mum's are now gone? He's getting off easy with only two counts... He could have gotten over 50 counts if they could prove he stole the mums the other occasions but unfortunately they can only prove that he stole two I guess. I don't necessarily think he should get Jail over it (Just like I wouldn't think a child should get jail for stealing candy) but community service since he has so much time on his hands maybe he can help plant trees or flowers on our roadways since he likes that type thing and probation would be just what I would order.
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