Suspect arrested in Greenville Speedway break-in & linked to other cases

Published: Jul. 22, 2016 at 4:54 AM EDT
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Greenville police have arrested a suspect in an early Friday morning break-in and have linked him to several other cases.

Around 3:00 a.m., Greenville police officers responded to an alarm call at the Speedway on West Firetower Road.

They arrived to find a glass window shattered and approximately 50 boxes of Newport cigarettes had been stolen from the store.

Similar incidents have occurred in Greenville and surrounding areas over the past several months.

Throughout the course of these investigations, officers were able to develop a potential suspect vehicle.

A short time after the alarm call, a patrol officer spotted a Honda Accord that fit the description of the suspect vehicle traveling on Evans Street near 13th Street.

The suspect, 41-year-old Odell Larry Sheffield, Jr., of Goldsboro was found to be in possession of the stolen items and was taken into custody.

He has since been linked to three other Speedway breaking and entering cases in Greenville, and one breaking an entering at Robinson's Jewelers.

Sheffield was charged and booked in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $90,000 bond.

Detectives have also linked Sheffield to similar cases in surrounding areas in eastern North Carolina. Additional charges are forthcoming.


Greenville police searched early Friday morning for whoever broke into a local gas station.

Authorities say the alarm went off at the Speedway at 620 West Fire Tower Road just before 3 a.m. After confirming the alarm as a break-in, police say they started searching for the intruder.

No arrests have been made at this time.