Greenville Man: He's Falsely Accused Of Stealing Officer's Wallet

By: April Davis/ Brittany Gunter
By: April Davis/ Brittany Gunter

A Greenville man is charged after allegedly stealing a detective's badge and wallet from the lobby at a jail, but the man tells WITN it's all a misunderstanding.

Jerry Howard of Greenville has been charged with two counts of financial card theft. According to Howard, an Elizabeth City officer left her badge and wallet on a bench in the Pitt County Detention Center lobby Tuesday afternoon. He says he picked it up to give back to her, but she had already gone inside. He claims he waited for her and only wanted to give it to her, not another official, but then he had to leave. He says after deputies called him he gave the wallet back, but he was still charged.

"I don't understand why I'm being charged for something that I haven't done," Said Howard.

Deputies say surveillance video gives them reason to believe Howard stole the wallet. They say he had the opportunity to give it to a jail official multiple times, but did not.

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