The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office reported the following, according to Lieutenant Shane Guyant:
Sunday deputies responded to the Fifth Street Boat Landing after receiving a report of a vehicle break-in.
The vehicle owner said two people who were later identified as Jacob Walker, 24, and Tyler Wood, 23, both of Roanoke Rapids, broke into his truck. The vehicle owner chased the pair into the woods.
Witnesses had seen one of the men standing near the woodline wearing a backpack as the other entered the truck.
A GPS unit and a wallet containing cash were stolen.
Deputy G. Martin along with his dog Loki performed a track for the suspects.
The dog tracked to the area of Belmont School at Bolling Road.
Citizens observed two men running and another said they were offered the GPS device.
Walker was arrested at Emry Park and Wood was arrested at his residence. Wood was found in possession of the victim’s wallet and cash. The stolen items were returned to the victim.
Wood was charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, felony larceny, felony conspiracy, and possession of stolen goods.
Wood received a $10,000 bond and Walker, who was charged with felony conspiracy, received a $3,000 bond.
They have Friday district court dates.
Virginia man wanted
On Sunday Corporal P. Rackley was patrolling in the area of Highway 158 near Airport Road when he noticed a Ford Mustang with out-of-state tags in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Ministry.
When the corporal turned around to check on the car the driver, later identified as Waverly Antonio Kelly, 32, of Blackstone, Virginia, drove away and turned onto Airport Road.
Rackley initiated a traffic stop near Gardner Drive. While being issued a seatbelt citation, Kelly fled.
Other deputies arrived to assist including Martin and Loki. A track was conducted but Kelly was not located.
A backpack belonging to Kelly contained personal items and a 9mm handgun which was stolen in Colonial Heights in 2021.
Rackley also located 3 grams of crack cocaine, 6.8 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, and multiple clear zip bags.
During the investigation, a U-Haul pickup was noticed near where Kelly parked his vehicle during the traffic stop. The U-Haul had been reported stolen from Roanoke Rapids in January. Although Waverly was not at the address, occupants inside confirmed that the Mustang was his and he had been there recently.
The U-Haul was returned to the victim company.
Rackley obtained warrants for arrest on Kelly for possession of a stolen firearm, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle, resisting arrest, and failure to wear a seatbelt.
He also faces a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon from a 2020 burglary conviction in Brunswick County, Virginia. Kelly is strongly believed to frequent Halifax County often. Kelly has been added to the Crimestoppers most wanted website and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at this link