CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Kinston Church Thief Arrested

Police say they have solved a string of thefts from one church with the arrest of a Kinston man today.

Larry Maye, Jr. is charged with two counts of felony breaking & entering and two counts of felony larceny.

Police say Maye stole items from Westminister Church during services. A digital projector, a pocketbook from a vehicle, and a television have been stolen from the church since November.

He was arrested at his Westover Avenue home, which is about seven blocks from the church. Maye's bond was set at $6,000 secured.


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A bold thief has been targeting Kinston churches as services were being held.

Police say they need your help in identifying the man who has been stealing from two Kinston churches.

Police today released three surveillance photos of the suspect while inside Westminster Church. In the photos the man appears to be carrying a bible.

A digital projector, a pocketbook from a vehicle, and a television have been stolen from Westminster since November. At Spillman Church on Madison Avenue a pocketbook was stolen during services from the church office area.

Anyone with information should call Kinston police at 252-939-3188 or 252-939-3193. You can also call Crimestoppers at 252-523-4444.


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  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jan 29, 2009 at 02:29 AM
    Gary, you're right. If he asks.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    Another stellar Kinston citizen.
  • by ray Location: greenville on Jan 28, 2009 at 01:26 AM
    heres the way i see it you dont play with GOD.
  • by me Location: nnc on Jan 27, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    Mr T......you rock,carry on
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 27, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    I am very glad they got him. I would love to be the judge. Ten years cutting the church lawn at least twice per week with a old fashioned push mower, one without a engine.Then when that's finished, you can clean the church bathrooms. And then when you get a real job, you would be made to give 10% to the church for the rest of your life.
  • by Gary on Jan 26, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    Maybe this is just what this person needed to turn his life around. Between grace and sin,Grace wins every time. God will forgive him not because he deserves it, but because he loves this young man that much.
  • by Why Location: somewhere in NC on Jan 25, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    The article said "A digital projector, a pocketbook from a vehicle, and a television have been stolen from Westminster since November." So between December and January some of the items may have been stolen. Just because you dont see it in the picture now dont mean he didn't steal it before now. what happen to "THOU SHALT NOT STEAL?" When this man is caught which he will eventually get caught, they should have this low life out on the streets picking up paper with guards around him while he's wearing a sign saying "I stole from the churches and got caught."
  • by Onlyme Location: Earth on Jan 25, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    Posted by: shameful.. You can't steal from God..They do it every day. Each time someone clears land to sell, it happens. Each time someone throws trash out,it happens. Steeling from God is not the monetary things that we have, it is the universe that we are stealing. I do all I can to help God, my God is not in church.
  • by shameful Location: fairfield on Jan 25, 2009 at 04:29 AM
    have you no shame! You can't steal from God.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2009 at 09:34 PM
    small time thugs make me laugh. other than being uneducated, they are not even mediocre at the only thing they can do. Get a life.
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