Early Christmas Eve Business Break-In Leads To Arrest, Recovery

A man who was convicted for his part in a huge theft ring in Onslow County was arrested Christmas Eve morning for breaking into a business and stealing thousands of dollars in chainsaws.

Carteret County deputies say neighbors helped nab Culley Fountain when he came knocking at their door asking for a shovel.

Deputies arrested the Richlands man for a business break-in and recovered 16 stolen chainsaws and a chop saw. The loot is valued at $6,000.

Lawmen responded to an alarm call around 4:50 a.m. to B&B Outdoor Power on Highway 70 in Newport.

Deputies say as they were responding, one patrol car passed Fountain's truck, who then thought he was being followed. They say the man ended up driving down a dead end road at a high rate of speed. The truck landed in a ditch after Fountain quickly stopped for a large gate across the road. They say his truck became stuck.

Deputies say he then began hiding the stolen chainsaws in the nearby woods, covering them with pine straw. Neighbors became suspicious and called authorities when they say the man came knocking at their doors asking for a shovel. Fountain was arrested at the entrance to the Carteret County Animal Shelter and the stolen goods recovered.

Inside his truck deputies say they also found a $3,000 pressure washer that was stolen from Forrest Farm Supply in Bayboro. He's in the Carteret County jail on a $10,000 bond.

Fountain was charged in 2007 for his part in a massive theft ring in Onslow County where more than $1 million worth of goods were recovered. He was convicted on eleven felony counts and given 60 months of probation.

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  • by zech on Dec 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    $10,000? What is bail for? At least someone knows who the Grinch is. Watch this guy, he will be at your door tomorrow. When you get busted for pot, the bond is more than running a $1m crime ring. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
  • by James Location: New Bern on Dec 24, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    Probation ?? I think statistics say common criminals get more violent with time. When will people like this end up killing an innocent business owner or someone caught in the cross fire. This guy should have been in prison.
  • by G on Dec 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    So we can all see what good probation does - none. He's still on probation and still stealing. Another by-product of the war on drugs. People with minimal amounts of drugs spend more time in jail than this guy, on the basis that drugs cause crime. However, we let people who actually commit the crimes that the war on drugs is supposed to prevent off with a slap on the wrist. How about the judges in NC start giving out some jail sentences for robbery, burglary, assualt, etc;; instead of meaningless probation sentences?
  • by John Boy & Billy on Dec 24, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    Sounds like a "Dumb Crook News" story they'd tell on the Big Show.

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