SHERIFF: 2 Men In Custody, 3rd On The Run For Beaufort County Lawnmower, ATV Thefts

Left to right: Cornelius Campbell, Melvin Edwards, Xavier Hall

Sheriff’s officials say that 2 men have been charged, while a 3rd is on the run in connection with vehicle break-ins as well as an ATV theft.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says that between January 11th and February 4th of 2014, it began investigating several reports including vehicle break-ins, lawnmower thefts, and an ATV theft in the River Road area of Washington.

Investigators say they were able to identify a suspects and a vehicle used during those crimes. On February 10th, investigators with Beaufort County and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office performed a search of a property on Ormandsville Road in Ayden. There, officials say they found the suspect vehicle, along with a stolen ATV from Washington. Officials say 2 suspects were taken into custody after the search.

Investigators say an additional search of a home on Willow Green Road in Ayden produced 2 lawnmowers stolen from Washington.

Officials say the investigation revealed the suspects were stealing items in Washington between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. while performing contract newspaper delivery for a Greenville business.

We’re told that a delivery van was used to conceal and transport the stolen lawn mowers and ATV.

Officials have charged 30-year-old Melvin Edwards of Willow Green Road in Ayden with 2 counts of felony larceny, 2 counts of misdemeanor larceny, 1 count of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, 1 counts of unlawfully obtaining a financial card, 1 count of driving while license revoked, and 1 count of identity theft.

21-year-old Xavier Hall of Vaniford Road in Snow Hill has been charged with 1 count of felony larceny.

Lawmen say they are still searching for 21-year-old Cornelius Campbell of Barrett Drive in Ayden. Officials say that Campbell is facing 2 counts of felony larceny, 2 counts of misdemeanor larceny, 1 count of breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, and 1 count of unlawfully obtaining a financial card.

Edwards was held on a $27,000 secured bond. Hall was held on a $4,000 secured bond.

Officials say additional charges are expected from Beaufort, Pitt, and Greene Counties.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Cornelius Tyrone Campbell should contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at (252)946-7111 or Beaufort County Crime Stoppers by phone, text or through their website. Call (252)974-6400; text a tip anonymously by dialing 274637 on a cellphone and in the body of the message, type BCSO131 and the tip; or submit a tip through the Crime Stoppers website,, by following the “Tip Line” link and filling out an online form. Calls, texts, and emails are anonymous.

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