January 17, 2017
On 01/14/2017 Carteret County deputies arrested Jon Zachary Waite, 16, of 138 Old Nassau Rd, Smyrna and Billy Gene Simons Jr, 26, of 1043 Crow Hill Rd, Beaufort for boarding and stealing items from at least eight different boats docked in Marshallberg Harbor.
Lt. Keith Brewer and Deputy Rodney Cahoon received the report from several victims who discovered someone had entered and stolen various items from their boats during the overnight hours of Sunday 01/15/2017. Victims were able to check security camera footage which captured the images of both suspects on the boats. Lt. Brewer immediately recognized one of the suspects and brought a still image to his mother who confirmed his identify. Approximately $2500.00 in total stolen property was recovered by deputies in a shed owned by a relative of one of the suspects. Once confronted with the evidence both suspects admitted to their involvement.
Both Simons and Waite were charged with eight counts of Breaking and Entering a Boat, Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Goods. Both were placed on a combined $70,000.00 bond and were scheduled for their first court appearance on Tuesday, 01/17/2017.