FARMVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Deputies said they arrested a Pitt County man for pawning dozens of stolen items.
James Harris Jr. faces felony charges of breaking and entering, larceny, larceny of a firearm, and obtaining property by false pretense.
"It's not the person that he used to be," said his mother, Teresa Harris. "James has always been smart and the neighborhood's always loved him and enjoyed him."
Deputies said the items he sold came from numerous break-ins in the Farmville area, most from his own neighborhood.
They said they recovered about 35 stolen items worth about $5,000, including chainsaws, pressure washers, weed eaters, lawnmowers, various power tools, a flat screen television, a Nintendo gaming system and gold jewelry.
They say he even broke into one home three times. "The jewelry was gone, I brought that to [the homeowner's] attention because we found it at the pawn shop, and some musical instruments were gone," said Detective Jeremy Monette of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office. "Then she gets home that day and the TV's missing."
Detective Monette says Harris took the television to a pawn shop. When employees told Harris he would get more money for the television if it came with the remote, Harris went back and stole the remote as well.
Deputies say after his arrest, Harris went from taking items, to helping them get some of them back. "He's helping me get some of the property back and we're supposed to do that today," said Monette.
Detectives with the Sheriff's Office are still looking for the owners of some of the pawned items, including a pressure washer, a push mower and a portable air compressor. Those who think the items may belong to them should contact Det. Jeremy Monette at (252) 902-2825.
Harris was being held under a $125,000 secured bond at the Pitt County Detention Center. Deputies said the investigation is active and additional warrants will be obtained.
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