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Two Rocky Mount residents described by Roanoke Rapids police Chief Shane Guyant as “habitual larcenists” were charged Wednesday in a larceny which occurred at a Julian R. Allsbrook Highway business in June.

The charges against Donald Morris Smith, 57, and Elaine Fields Finkley, 58, both of Calvary Street, reflect they took and carried away less than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the undisclosed business.

Detective N. Bankert charged Smith with misdemeanor larceny and misdemeanor conspiracy.  Finkley was charged with habitual larceny and felony conspiracy. 

Both are currently in custody in another county being held on separate charges. Warrants will be forwarded for service.

 Guyant said the police department received quite a few tips on the case through Crimestoppers and a Rocky Mount-based website helped to provide further information,

“We can’t do this job without the public,” the chief said. “Getting involved may not be the most popular thing, but it is the right thing to do.”

Their court dates are pending at this time until service is completed.

Smith’s previous convictions, according to Guyant include:

2021: Obstructing justice – Nash County

2019: Misdemeanor larceny – Craven County

2019: Misdemeanor larceny – Carteret County

2017: Financial card theft – Craven County

2016: Five counts of  felony Breaking and/or entering – Craven County

2014: Obtaining property by false pretense – Craven County

1988: Second-degree murder – Edgecombe County

1988: Armed robbery – Edgecombe County

1985: Uttering a forged instrument – Nash County

1982: 24 counts of uttering a forged instrument – Nash County

 Finkley currently has four cases pending court:

 Misdemeanor larceny – Edgecombe County

Finkley’s previous convictions, according to Guyant, include:

2018: Misdemeanor larceny – Nash County

2018: Shoplifting – Edgecombe County

2015: Resist a public officer – Northampton County

2013: Shoplifting – Nash County

2007: Misdemeanor larceny – Nash County

2006: Misdemeanor larceny – Nash County

2002: Disorderly conduct – Nash County

2002: Injury to personal property – Nash County

2002: Misdemeanor larceny – Nash County

2001: Shoplifting – Nash County

1995: Misdemeanor larceny – Edgecombe County

1994: Misdemeanor larceny – Nash County

1993: Injury to personal property – Nash County

1992: Food stamp fraud – Nash County