Morehead City man charged after vehicle stuck at crime scene

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Valentine was operating his burgundy truck as seen in the photo stuck in the ditch.

Taylor Russell Valentine

On 02/02/2018, Carteret County deputies and Morehead City police arrested Taylor Russell Valentine, 27, of Emeline Place, Morehead City for stealing numerous items from several businesses on Riggs Road in Morehead City.

Deputies say they got the call at 7am this morning when employees from Interstate Battery attempted to assist Valentine who got his truck stuck in a nearby ditch.
Employees quickly recognized stolen items from their business and altered authorities.

After further investigation officers from both agencies found additional stolen items from Slater Auto. Deputy Alan Buck stated that items stolen from the nearby businesses included metal that thieves typically steal to sell later as scrap metal.


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Deputies also learned the Coastal Supply Freightliner truck still hooked up to Valentines vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of Atlantic Glass &
Mirror. It was further determined Valentine attempted to steal another vehicle from Wayne’s Auto but was unable to get it out of the fenced in lot.

Valentine was operating his burgundy truck as seen in the photo stuck in the ditch. Valentine then attempted to steal another vehicle. When he was unsuccessful he STOLE a large truck SEEN in the photo hooked up to his burgundy truck. The folks at Interstate battery observed what was going on and offered to help him. As they arrived they noticed some stolen items from their business. Valentine never called anyone and was trying to flee the area except that he got stuck.

Valentine was charged with two counts of larceny, two counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, one county of first degree trespassing and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Valentine was placed in the Carteret County jail under a $20,000.00 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for 02/22/2018.

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