Men Charged With Stealing 17 AC Units

Two Onslow County men are behind bars charged with stealing 17 air conditioning units from new construction areas and then selling them to a heating and air conditioning business.

The sheriff's office arrested Joshua Hudler and Andrew Merritt following a month long investigation after the AC units started disappearing from the Sneads Ferry area.

The sheriff's office says they had been conducting surveillance on the area and they discovered the Hudler and Merritt with stolen air conditioner units in their vehicle.

Authorities say they were taking the units to Wilmington to sell.

Both men are behind bars on $190,000 bond.


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  • by jim on Dec 23, 2011 at 07:50 AM
    two half wits in the news,give me a break.
  • by 400 years Location: Ayden on Dec 22, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    you already got a 400 year jump on us still want more. We can't get back 400 years. more crack heads for us to take care of.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Dec 22, 2011 at 02:34 AM
    Morons in the news. If you would have made the same effort seeking legitimate employment, you could have earned your money honestly and prevent your fifteen minutes of fame. It should be mandatory that everybody at least complete a high school education. Otherwise you end up with this.
  • by NC Girl Location: Onslow county on Dec 21, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    What is this world coming too???? I hate to even leave the house because of all the meanness around. Make them work and pay back for all the units they stole and pay for the new installation. Make the payment fit the crime.
  • by Ben Location: Kinston on Dec 21, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    They deserve to cool off in prison for the next five years.
  • by Frosty on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:06 AM
    Cool
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    Again, I also fault the business that continued to buy them; come on...17 units? The business should have become suspicious when these two kept returning to sell them. Pretty brazen for these two to do this also. Guess it just seemed like easy money, but somebody will have to pay the piper now.
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      by Jeff on Dec 22, 2011 at 02:35 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      The business that bought them may have been involved in the investigation. I'm confident they knew something was up and cooperated with the police.
  • by A Concerned Citizen on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    The HVAC company in Wilmington should be charged as well! I am sure these units were under warranty and were reported stolen. What is the HVAC company's name in Wilmington? I would like to report them for receiving stolen merchandise.
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      by Grumpy on Dec 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to A Concerned Citizen
      It's hard to believe the company that bought them didn't know they were stolen. This stuff comes with pages of installation booklets, warranty and recall paperwork and safety warning manuals that most likely were not with them when they were "resold".
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:47 AM
    What is the name of the business in Wilmington, it's like you're leaving out a suspect's name.
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      by A Concerned Citizen on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:34 AM in reply to Chris
      I agree with you Chris! We do business in Wilmington with a HVAC company and I want to make sure we do not use them. They need to be charged with receiving stolen merchandise.
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        by Tired on Dec 23, 2011 at 01:21 PM in reply to A Concerned Citizen
        Did you know that there is an HVAC business in Wilmington ran by a registered Sex offender?
  • by Puff Location: Chohowinity on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    All these units have serial #s on them. The factory knows exactly who bought them and from where. They are very easy to trace and any air conditionong company should know this. Unless they were a "jackleg" company and never warrented any of the units.
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      by A Concerned Citizen on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:35 AM in reply to Puff
      Did you ever think that the HVAC company who had them stolen knew about it or the Builder reported them stolen? I bet they are a reputable business.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM in reply to A Concerned Citizen
        I think Puff was referring to the business or businesses that bought them from these two characters, not the original company that they were taken from.
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