Trail cams lead to arrests in multiple Beaufort County break-ins

BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says two people have been arrested and charged in 5 breaking and entering/larceny cases all thanks to trail cameras citizens decided to use.

The sheriff's office says the security measures began when one man who owns property on Jackson Swamp Road in Bath suspected someone was trespassing on his property.

After seeing obvious tire tracks, he installed a "trail camera" and captured images of the suspect and his green truck.

The victim who was using the property to store trailers and supplies to refurbish those trailers discovered some of his supplies had been stolen, including batteries, aluminum plates, shelves and aluminum sheets.

On August 2 he reported the theft to the Sheriff's Office and provided the images captured by his camera.

On August 4 a second property owner on Creek Road in Bath reported a battery stolen from his tractor as well as scrap metal taken from his property. He too had installed a "trail camera", and captured images of the same truck and suspect and provided those images to the Sheriff's Office.

Both victims were able to identify the suspect by asking others in the community and or posting the images on social media.

As a result Beaufort County Investigators charged 36-year-old Linwood Harrington of Washington with 7 counts of felony breaking and entering, 9 counts of felony larceny and 1 count of misdemeanor damage to property.

Authorities say Harrington was also tied to the larceny of a peanut trailer on Creek Road in Bath and another breaking & entering and larceny on Camp Leach Rd.

A 3rd property owner in the Blount's Creek area reported a breaking, entering and larceny from his shop on Durham Creek Lane and also installed a "trail camera" on his property which captured clear pictures of the suspect coming out of his shop with stolen merchandise in hand.

After serving a search warrant in Edward and recovering some of the stolen property, investigators charged 42-year-old Johnnie Baker III of Edward with one count each of felony breaking and entering and felony larceny.