May 062013


Monday, May 6, 2013

An undercover police effort to deter crimes in the university area netted two arrests early Sunday.

Greenville officers have been conducting undercover surveillance operations in neighborhoods near East Carolina University and the Tar River, especially after downtown bars close and many students may be walking in the area, a news release said.

Early Sunday, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., two officers observed a Ford Crown Victoria traveling slowly in the area of Summit and East Third streets, the release said. The vehicle circled the area several times and pulled up behind students who were walking.

The driver began to stop, and a uniformed officer was contacted to assist and conduct a traffic stop, the release said. Officers approaching the vehicle noticed a box of open ammunition on the back seat. The driver and passenger were removed from the vehicle, and police located a .22 caliber revolver.

Passenger Jarrett Jarmal Gray, 22, of Williamston was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by felon, identity theft and carrying a concealed weapon.

The driver, Timothy Terell Jones, 21, of Greenville also was arrested. He is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Gray remained under a $35,000 secured bond at the Pitt County Detention Center. Jones was released on a $1,000 secured bond.

The undercover effort comes after a home invasion, guns theft and mugging overnight Tuesday into Wednesday in that area.

A 19-year-old male walking into his Cypress Gardens apartment off of East 10th Street at 11 p.m. Tuesday was followed by three armed men, police reported. The suspects reportedly held the man and two others in the apartment at gunpoint and took a wallet, three cellphones, 42-inch flat-screen TV, an Xbox game system and two computers.

An hour later, police responded to a midnight robbery call at 2004 E. Third St., Apartment B, less than a mile away, according to spokesman Sgt. Joe Friday. Two suspects dressed in black went over a fence and robbed the victims at the residence of guns, he said.

Nearly four hours had passed when a mugging was reported near campus, about a mile away from the home invasion and guns theft.

A 19-year-old ECU student walking on Fifth Street near Rotary Avenue reported he was robbed by three men of money about 3:45 a.m, police said. The student told officers he was walking home from downtown.

No injuries or arrests were reported in any of the robberies.

Police are asking anyone with information about any of the cases to call the department at 329-4315 or Pitt-Greenville CrimeStoppers at 758-7777.

via The Daily Reflector.


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