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Teens break into car lot, steal vehicles

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Jaquoza Chavis

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The Daily Reflector

Friday, June 7, 2019

Three teens are accused of breaking into a car lot and stealing two vehicles, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office reported.  

The thefts took place about 1:30 a.m. on May 27 at Bautista Auto Sales, 1210 Mumford Road in Greenville.  

Deputies determined that entry had been made by damaging the fence. A Honda Fit and a Ford Fusion were stolen. 

Arrested were Jaquouza Kevoun Chavis, 18, of Greenville, his brother Joseph “Malik” Chavis, 17, also of Greenville and 16-year-old Tavon Hardison.   

Other vehicles also were damaged in the process a release said.  

The vehicles have since been returned by a parent of one of the teens but the sheriff’s office would not provide further details.  

The Chavis brothers turned themselves in to authorities the day of the thefts and Hardison turned himself in on May 31.  

All three are charged with one count of felony larceny of a vehicle, one count of first degree trespassing and one count of injury to personal property.

“This is a unique case and great example of a parent holding their children accountable for their actions,” Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Sgt. Lee Darnell said.  “We hope through this experience that the young men will learn to avoid bad choices like this in the future and instead follow their mother’s example.”


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