GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Four people are arrested in connection to the break-in at a Pitt County Sheriff deputy’s home, where a department taser and badge, and a Winterville Police issued gun were stolen.
Jason Ray Moore, Kenneth Lamont Parker, Ryheim Montrevies Green, and Mary Elizabeth Call are all behind bars in connection to the case. William Christopher Rushing is still wanted.
Deputy Darren Hignite said he was only gone for about two hours from his home on Hound Heaven Lane in Ayden, but that was enough time for his home to be broken into twice. He said he believed it was targeted.
“You don’t feel like you will be targeted as a law enforcement officer,” Hignite said.
Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks said a crime like this shows just how dangerous these individuals are.
“For him to take time to see a car sitting there, marked patrol car, and take his chance and break the window to gain entrance into his vehicle, shows your what he’s capable of doing,” Elks said. “These are the kind of people who lay in the bushes and shoot you when you come home.”
Elks said a deputy’s home has been broken into before, but never to this degree. He said he was pleased about how quickly arrests were made.
“They were after drugs and guns,” Elks said. “We made an arrest that we were very proud of. We got them off the street. We recovered a lot of guns that could have gotten into the wrong hands of people.”
Elks said these arrests have also helped them solve three other breaking and entering cases over the last few months.
Despite this happening, Hignite said he doesn’t plan on changing anything.
“I’m not going to change the way I do my job. I’m going to continue to work hard, continue to put bad guys where they need to be, and that’s off the streets.”
Elks said a Glock 45 issued by the Winterville Police and sheriff badge remain on the streets. If you encounter a suspicious person trying to use a deputy badge, ask for further identification. If they decline, call the sheriff’s department.