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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