Habitual felon sent to prison
New Bern, North Carolina — District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court today, TOMMY WAYNE GETER, 40, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny, and sentenced to prison as an habitual felon. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee.
In October, 2016, Geter was found in a pickup outside Tractor Supply Company in New Bern, at approximately 2:45 a.m Geter had cut an inventory cable securing a number of lawnmowers outside the business, and had removed a push mower after attempting to remove a riding mower. He also stole several pumpkins that were offered for sale outside the store. He was found with drugs and drug paraphernalia on his person.
In November, 2016, Geter broke into the garage belonging to his next-door neighbor in Trent Woods, where Geter lived with his grandparents. The neighbor family, returning from an overnight trip, found that a number of power yard tools and gas cans had been stolen. They questioned Geter twice, who denied involvement, and the neighbors then called police. The grandfather allowed a search of his garage, where police found all of the stolen property, hidden behind an access panel. Geter then admitted that he had stolen the equipment.
Geter has prior felony convictions for larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses, taking indecent liberties with a child, and larceny of a motor vehicle. As a result, he qualified for sentencing as an habitual felon. Judge Alford sentenced Geter to a prison term of 90-120 months (7-1/2 to 10 years).
The cases were investigated by the New Bern Police Department and the Trent Woods Police Department.