Local law enforcement to discuss massive theft ring

POSTED: 4:30 AM Dec 20 2012   UPDATED: 5:44 AM Dec 20 2012
GREENVILLE -

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks along with Greenville Police Chief, Hassan Aden were preparing to address the community after a string of equipment theft was reported across several surrounding counties. 

Thursday at 12 p.m. law enforcement from more than 16 jurisdictions will gather for a news conference.  The conference was being held at the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.   

According to a release out of Pitt County, the case involves so many jurisdictions all agencies that have been part of this case are invited  to attend.  It took 16 cooperative jurisdictions to come together to bring this case to the point it is now.  

The recovered equipment totaled more than $1,000,000,000.  

The agencies/counties victimized by the theft include the following:
NCDOT
Craven
Pitt
Wayne
Greene
Duplin
Simpson
Bertie
Moore
Alamance
Person
Vance
Wake
Onslow
Wilson
Chowan
Perquimans
Carteret
Washington
Beaufort