It's been a busy first week for new Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks.
Elks sat down with the media Monday afternoon to talk about the crimes in the area since he took the oath of office.
Elks says since day one he's been working with his administration, unifying his department and staying on top of the nationwide search for 12 year-old Brittany Smith from Virginia who was found in California Friday with a former Ayden resident.
On Friday, Elks says investigators uncovered a stolen property ring. So far, they found more than $30,000 worth of stolen property, including lawn mowers and four-wheelers.
Elks says suspects would steal from one person and sell to another, who would then sell it again. He says it was an operation that went undetected for months.
Elks says he's not content with the arrests that have been made and says he's sending a message to criminals: "Beware there's a new sheriff in town, I'm coming after you."