Sheriff's Office: Ledbetter Has Been "Terrorizing" The Onslow County Community

A man law enforcement says was wanted for a litany of crimes is now in custody.

Sheriff Deputies arrest Thomas "Chicken" Ledbetter on Saturday at a convenience store on Highway 53 about 10 miles outside of Jacksonville.

Deputies say Ledbetter has been "terrorizing" the Onslow County community for several months and is well known to them.

Below you will find all the crimes the Onslow County Sheriff's Office says Ledbetter is guilty of followed by the news release.

Larceny from person
Attempt to obtain property by false pretenses
Common law robbery
Possession of a firearm by a felon
Purchase firearm violation of domestic order
Misdemeanor larceny
Parole violation
Misdemeanor possession stolen goods
6 counts robbery with a dangerous weapon
6 counts possession of stolen goods
6 counts second degree kidnapping
5 counts felony conspiracy

News release from the Onslow County Sheriff's Office:

Thomas Ledbetter, aka Chicken Ledbetter, who has been terrorizing the community of Onslow County for several months and is well known to law enforcement, was apprehended in the early morning hours of august 1st at a convenience store on hwy 53 about 10 miles outside of Jacksonville.

He was apprehended and charged for a multitude of crimes that he has been suspected of committing in Onslow County over the past few months .

He is currently being held in the Onslow County Jail under no bond for a parole violation and under a $217,500 bond on all remaining charges.

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  • by the law is for honest people Location: e city on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:52 PM
    the law and police only work for honest people criminals like him dont care and me the honest working man has to suffer pay for him to take a vacation and pay people to watch him 3 hots and a cot must be nice wish i had someone to do that for me what do i get higher taxes and less hours
  • by Anonymous Location: New York on Aug 7, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    He had it all...a good job, a strong and beautiful woman who truly loved him..most of all, he had a second chance at life. He had his freedom. He then goes and do the ultimate stupid move...he put himself back into the system. He blew it. He deserves what he gets now...
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    Ohhh, he is terrorizing... Lose him in Gitmo, he might change his tune.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Aug 3, 2009 at 08:34 PM
    I was locked up at Polk Youth Center in 92-93 with this guy. He was the kind of guy that you didn't take seriously. I think he was on some medication back then. I get the impression from this story that he snapped. So sad...
  • by C on Aug 3, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    I never would have expected this,especially after all those great stories Jerry Clower told about the guy's family.
  • by Bill Location: Onslow, Co. on Aug 3, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    Try going to Google and type in:, offender search. When it comes up type in: DOC Number 0236502 LEDBETTER THOMAS S MALE BLACK 35. Very interesting reading. If he does get out again I would suggest that he not come near me or mine. He will be out of the system before you can say bang, permanetly out!
  • by June Location: Colerain, NC on Aug 3, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    ..It is unfortunate when a person of the black male is in a condition such as this, one must ask if it is safe to say if the laws of our land are justified. As my godchild said to me when told of this was this one comment.. "If he only had a brain." Several one-liners come my mind at this time. But the top three that stick out, at least to me, are... "Karma and paycheck do have the same effect....and as Lil Kim IS very strong word", "God don't love ugly.." "Don't drop the soap.." But my number one sentence is this... "You were warned, now..welcome to your hell." (soft sexy smile) "Hot enough for ya?" ...things that make you go..hmmmm? Or as Katt Williams would said... "How sad. How hiraricouly sad." (sighing) He should have simply listened to his wife when he had her..none of this would have NEVER HAPPENED. I haven't started laughing yet..... "..He who laughs last laughs loudest."
  • by Michelle Location: Washington DC on Aug 3, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    I know the situation from the inside he lost his mind after being given a chance to restart his life. A sad situation but he needs to be back in jail after what he's done to his family.
  • by David Location: Greenville on Aug 3, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    To: Tod...You are right on point! If more people would go sit in court even for one day you would see liberal lawyers and Judges coddeling criminals....and then people wonder why crime is out of control, There is no punishment ....and most criminals know it. They play the system... but we law abbiding citizens pay the price while lawyers stuff their wallets and live in mansions.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Aug 3, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    and they are talking about tinkering with the prison sentencing keeping more people on probation to ease overcrowding. prison is to easy for them . they keep returning. there is no deterrent for what do they care
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