Pitt County Homeless Man Arrested With Stolen Metal

A homeless man is in jail this Thanksgiving, after deputies say he tried to make some money off stolen metal.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested 52-year-old Bryan Venters Wednesday. He was arrested at EJE Recyling after people there determined the metal Venters was trying to sell could be stolen.
Detectives say the metal had been stolen over the last six months from Branch Jones of Ayden. They also believe Venters has already sold more than $30,000 worth of stolen metal.

Venters is in the Pitt County Detention Center charged with 12 counts of Felony Larceny; and 12 counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretense.

Venter's bond was set at $100,000.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM
    Bryan should be thankful someone turned him in an not shot him in the head,this way he can ask for repentance and by the grace of God change.
  • by 40some on Nov 25, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    Was this the guy that stole the cemetary fence?
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Nov 25, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    I am sorry for his wrong doing but tuff love was needed.Pray for my brother.
  • by Confused Location: New Bern on Nov 25, 2011 at 03:08 PM
    How did PCSO know that the metal belonged to the man in Ayden?
  • by puzzled Location: kinston on Nov 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    why is he homeless and sold that much metal,i work for a living and didn't make that much money this year and have a place to live priorities r so wrong!!!!!!
  • by CONCERNED Location: WASHINGTON on Nov 25, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    Does anyone know who this guy's mom is?
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      by to concerned on Nov 25, 2011 at 04:47 PM in reply to CONCERNED
      Mrs. Venters
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        by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 10:34 AM in reply to to concerned
        He was raised better and just goes to show you what crack will make you do .
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      by Saddened on Nov 26, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to CONCERNED
      I remember Bryan from junior and senior high school. This is NOT the good young man I knew. I can't imagine the events that would've brought him to this sad state of being.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2011 at 10:43 AM in reply to Saddened
        A life without Christ.
  • by Scott Location: Greenville on Nov 25, 2011 at 03:07 AM
    Great Job "EJE" for paying attention. Maybe if all reclyclers paid attention to the people selling scrap metal then others would be caught that are doing it all over Pitt County. Pitt County Sheriff Department does a great job patrolling and arrested an individual they caught, but citizens can help by calling in any supicious activity they may see.
  • by John Location: Aydeen on Nov 25, 2011 at 02:57 AM
    Where did he get the trk????? Who is he working for???? Who has the money??? Need to look at this a little closer pcso. Seems the bad guy may still be out there doing the same things
  • by Rhonda Location: Ayden on Nov 24, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    He may or may not be guilty, none the less he will pay for what he has done, as people though we should be considerate of the the persons guilt or innocence and circumstances I know of this person and he has 3 very young children. kudos go to pcso .
  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    Another great job by the PCSO, they are on the ball finally. Sheriff Elks is making things happen in Pitt County. Sure have seen alot of arrests for crimes in the news since he took office. Thanks for the job you guysand girls are doing.
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      by pitt on Nov 24, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to
      the workers at EJE did the great job
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        by You R so right on Nov 24, 2011 at 08:17 AM in reply to pitt
        If it want for EJE trying to run a legal place PCSO would not have know. Give thanks to where it needs to go. The case was handed to them. EJE did all the work!!!!!!!!
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          by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 12:15 PM in reply to You R so right
          If this were true the would have reported it back in May or June
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      by Please on Nov 24, 2011 at 09:11 AM in reply to
      If PCSO was doing such a great job. They would have got him in the act and charged him back in May or June.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to Please
        If EJE was doing such a good job they would have reported it back in May or June instead of purchasing from him all this time and not reporting it.
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