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Thieves cross county lines

WINTON – Three local men are behind bars here, charged with residential break-ins in both Hertford and Bertie counties on June 4.

Isaiah Holley

Isaiah D. Holley, 19, of Ahoskie, Keonta T. Palmer, 20, of Powellville, and Kevon D. Watford, 21, of Aulander were apprehended during a vehicle stop in Bertie County less than 45 minutes after a reported break-in in Hertford County.

The trio had also allegedly stole several items after breaking into two Bertie County homes the same day.

In Hertford County, all three were charged with one felony count each of breaking and entering; seven felony counts each of larceny after breaking and entering; six felony counts each of larceny of a firearm; three felony counts each of possession of stolen property; and one misdemeanor count each of injury to real property.

Additionally, Holley and Palmer face six felony counts each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. They were each jailed under a $125,000 secured bond while Watford was detained under a $100,000 secured bond.

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes said the break-in occurred at a home on Church Road near the Early Station community. There, neighbors observed two males running from a residence and getting into a vehicle that left the scene traveling towards Bertie County.

Keonta Palmer

“I heard Bertie County’s communication center transmitting information to their deputies about a suspicious vehicle driving behind a residence in the area of the Brick Mill Road in Bertie County,” said Hayes. “I gave that information to my deputies and advised them to head that way because Brick Mill Road in Bertie County is within few miles of the residential break-in on Church Road.”

Aulander Police Chief Jimmy Barmer was the first to arrive at the last known location of the suspect vehicle. He spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one seen at the break-in on Church Road and joined with a Bertie Sheriff’s Deputy in making the traffic stop at around 1:10 p.m. at which time the three men were taken into custody.

Deputies with the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the NC Wildlife Commission assisted with the traffic stop.

Hayes said several stolen items from the residential B&E’s in both counties were found inside the vehicle.

“The victims from both counties identified some of the items that were stolen from their homes,” Hayes said.

The residential break-ins in Bertie County occurred on Brick Mill Road and in Askewville.

Kevon Watford

For those crimes, the Bertie Sheriff’s Office charged the three men with two counts each of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. Holley and Palmer were additionally charged with three counts each of possession of firearm by a felon.

“I would like to thank the citizens that reported the crime in my county,” Hayes stated. “I would like to thank all of the responding law enforcement officers from both sheriff’s offices, the Aulander Police Department, and Wildlife officers for a job well done. It takes all of us working together to capture these suspects, and we will continue to work closely together to protect our citizens.”

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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