Surveillance video leads to arrests in gun thefts

By on January 12, 2013

Robert Phillips.

Surveillance video from a Colington home led to the arrest of three suspects on charges of breaking and entering and gun theft.

Deputies investigating the incident were able to identify the people in the video after the homeowner reported that several items, including guns, had been taken Jan. 9, a statement from the Dare County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators also learned bedding had been taken from two boats on adjacent property. The suspects were believed to have been camping on another nearby property.

Stolen property, including some of the guns, was recovered during the investigation.

Arrested was Robert Wayne Phillips, 20, of Post Oak Drive in Colington. He was charged with breaking and entering, larceny, larceny of a firearm and eight counts of failure to appear in court. Bond was set at $510,000.

Michael Allen Church, 24, of Partridge Trail in Kill Devil Hills was arrested on charges of breaking and entering, larceny, larceny of a firearm and failure to appear in court. Bond was set at $35,000.

The third person was Taylor Renee Knieper, 19, of Partridge Trail in Kill Devil Hills. She was charged with felony accessory after the fact. Bond was set at $8,000.

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January 14, 2013 2:54 pm

This is why some people, including myself chose not to retire to the Outer Banks. Still own a home there, but thinking if criminals receive this kind of treatment from the judges, how serious can they be in protecting the masses. While no justice system is perfect, it just seems like the OBX justice system has a lot of cases handled with “prayers for justice’, DUIs with minimal penalty, suspended sentences, etc. Seems like the local police do a great job and locate suspects and prosecute them, however, the judges seem to provide the weakest sentences. Some people just need to be locked up.


January 14, 2013 12:58 pm

to obxer i agree


January 14, 2013 12:29 pm

Makes me wonder — they were sleeping in the neighboring backyard yet no one noticed? How did they know THIS house had guns?

nags head bob

January 14, 2013 12:08 pm

Reading is fundamental. “They” Meaning the accused perpetrators, Were lucky they had not run into the property owner that had worked for what was “They” thought “They” had a right to take from from him.

See, a thief not only invades your privacy, damages and steals your property, but they also steal part of your life. Your time. The hours you worked to earn the money to buy the property, the hours involved with law enforcement and cleanup, not to mention future hours protecting your property to avoid this from happening in the future.

See, if you teach your children the value of other peoples time, money and property maybe they will not have to learn them the hard way. But, if they have to learn the hard way, I hope the lesson sticks…


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January 14, 2013 9:33 am

Get the trash off this island


January 14, 2013 9:07 am

this is phillips i dont know how many aresst for the same thing dont understand how he keeps getting out

Selena K

January 14, 2013 8:53 am

So true, nags head bob. A few local (alleged) theives have made visits to the OB Hospital before they could be taken to jail, due to run-ins with the victims.


January 14, 2013 2:05 am

They sound like transplants. What happened to the good ole’ days when we didn’t have to lock our homes much less put in cameras. NHBob, what do you mean by the the owner buying what he “thought” they have a right to. They do have a right to buy and own guns. Last time I looked this was still America. We need to quit coddling our children. They have no respect for anyone or anything. These kids give the many great children a bad name. Putting them in prison will teach them many new criminal acts. They need to work their behinds to the bone to pay for the stuff, even what was recovered, the officers time and gas.


January 13, 2013 9:31 pm

Old enough to know better.No bail,lock them up and throw the key away.


January 13, 2013 10:30 am

So Phillips had eight, count them, eight failure to appears and he was still out in the community?? Huh?

Fishing fool

January 13, 2013 8:02 am

Glad they got these jokers, another group of armed Wana bees of the street. Good job deputies!

kdh resident

January 12, 2013 10:14 pm

By the way has anyone seen Rodrigez? The family of the victim is looking for him.

nags head bob

January 12, 2013 6:31 pm

My sympathies to their parents, but these boys earned this. They’re still young so they have time to turn around. They’re just lucky they didn’t run into the guy who busted his tail day in and day out to buy what they thought they had a right to. The lesson might have been appropriate.

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