CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Inn Clerk Charged After Kidnapping Story

An inn clerk told co-workers that he was forced at gunpoint to break into the business and steal $55 from the cash register. The only problem is police say a surveillance camera doesn't back up the story.

James Talbott of Morehead City is charged with breaking and entering and larceny, along with larceny by employee.

Beaufort police say it happened Saturday morning at the Beaufort Inn on Ann Street. They say another employee came to work and found money missing from the register. After reviewing the surveillance video, they called Talbott who said he was taken at gunpoint to the inn to steal the money.

But police say the video shows the 29-year-old being very friendly with the woman and no gun was ever seen. They say it also shows the women leaving the office and then Talbott locking up. No report of any kidnapping or robbery was ever reported.

Talbott was jailed on a $5,000 secured bond.


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  • by once screwed by James T Location: morehead city, nc on Jan 26, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    what an idiot. all I can say is Karma. with his record its time for him to either rot in jail or be sentenced to death row...he is clearly NOT a good citizen. lets do away with him!
  • by Anonymous Location: wilson on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    crazy doesn't even begin to cover it. I used to work with this person, and you know what is amazing. He claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint when he worked there too.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    i met this guy like once. He is rude. He is Crazzzzyyyy! and by this incident he is apparently an idiot.
  • by hahahaha Location: morehead city on Jan 20, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    wow you can look at this guy's history online. 3 dwi's, worthless checks, intoxicated and disruptive, driving the wrong way down a one way road, even assault on a female. man, hes a real first class citizen. hope you rot in jail buddy.
  • by karma sucks Location: greenville on Jan 20, 2011 at 06:52 PM
    pretty sure ive seen this idiot handcuffed before. am i right?
  • by crippy Location: raleigh on Jan 20, 2011 at 05:46 PM
    not the first dumb thing he has done....check out his criminal record. Karma at its finest!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: nc on Jan 19, 2011 at 03:19 PM
    they have a show on tv for people like this. its called world's dumbest criminals!
  • by ashley Location: jacksonville on Jan 19, 2011 at 02:44 PM
    if he worked there he had to know there were cameras, right? surely he knew that his story about being held at gunpoint would not hold up.
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      by youdthink on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:18 PM in reply to ashley
      the sad thing is, hes really not smart enough to even figure things like this out.
  • by Busted on Jan 19, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    Over $55? How does anyone feel that would ever be a good idea. What a moron. Guess he got what he deserved.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    His parents must be so proud!
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