Two felons arrested again for business break-ins

Two Felons arrested again for breaking into businesses in and around Onslow County in surrounding areas. These two felons both have a criminal history of felonies involving like offenses.

Two felons have been arrested again for breaking into businesses throughout Onslow and surrounding counties.
On August 29, 2019, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office detectives began investigating break-ins that occurred at the Ole Porte Racquet Club and the Moose Lodge in Swansboro, as well as the Brown Derby and VFW Post 9983 located in Jacksonville.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Morehead City, Beaufort and Emerald Isle were working cases with the exact same MO (Modus Operandi) as the cases Onslow County was working. With additional information developed by Carteret County Sheriff’s Detectives and the combined
efforts of all investigating agencies, two possible suspects were identified.
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, an Onslow County deputy conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle near the Bear Trail Golf Course. Marty Lee Jenkins was arrested on an outstanding child support warrant during the traffic stop. Further investigation revealed that Jenkins was one of the suspects developed in the business break-ins.
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Marty Lee Jenkins, Photo Courtesy of OCSO

Jenkins, 31-years-old of Quail Point Drive in Hubert was taken before a magistrate where he was charged with:

  • (2) Counts Breaking and/or Entering  (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Larceny After Breaking and/or Entering (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Safecracking (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Conspiracy (Felony)

He is currently in Onslow County Detention Center under a
$35,000 secured bond.

Jenkins has prior record in the NCDPS database for Felony Larceny of Firearms dating April 2017 and was given a suspended sentence. Following the conviction, Jenkins served a period of confinement in the NC Dept. of Adult Corrections for 1 year and 5 months  for a probation violation on that suspended sentencing.

The second suspect has an extensive criminal record of felonies for like crimes. This suspect developed in this case of break-ins, Joshua Adam Love also known as “Wink” was also arrested on Oct. 9, 2019 after being caught by Carteret Co. Sheriff’s Office attempting to break-in a business.

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Joshua “Wink” Love, Photo Courtesy of OCSO

The warrants on Love who is 33-years-old and a James St., Hubert resident, were served on him while he was in custody in Carteret Co. Those charges in the matter of Love include the following:

  • (2) Counts Breaking and/or Entering (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Larceny After Breaking and/or Entering (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Safecracking (Felony)
  • (2) Counts Conspiracy (Felony)

Love has past convictions for numerous counts of B&E to a house of worship, speeding to elude arrest, and common law robbery.  He has served periods of confinement in the NC Dept. of Adult Corrections with the total term of confinement being 4-years, 7-months and 25-days.
He is currently in Onslow County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.
Further charges on both men are expected, and the investigations continue. This investigation is a clear example of how cooperation between law enforcement agencies leads to a successful outcome and the arrest of criminal suspects.
Anyone with information about any of these incidents may contact Onslow County Sheriff’s Office at 910-455-3113, Detective J. Marshburn at 910-989-4041, Detective D. Watkins at 910-9898-4060 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.
Please refer to case 2019009094 or 2019011190 when calling.
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URGENT: Burn ban issued for 18 ENC counties including Onslow and surrounding areas

RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.

The burning ban went into effect at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, and will remain in effect until further notice. The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions.

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Violating the burn ban incurs a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. The person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

“The dry weather conditions these last few weeks, plus the potential for an increase in human-caused wildfires in the region, makes this ban on open burning necessary,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “During the month of May, there have been 355 wildfires statewide, covering 1,348 acres. This burn ban is a proactive step to protect lives and property by preventing human-caused wildfires.”

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

Yesterday Richlands VFD reported a burn barrel fire that got out of control.

Photo Courtesy: Richlands VFD

Answers to frequently asked questions

Q: What is open burning?

A: Open burning includes burning leaves, branches or other plant material. In all cases, burning trash, lumber, tires, newspapers, plastics or other non-vegetative material is illegal.

Q: May I still use my grill or barbeque?

A: Yes, if no other local ordinances prohibit their use.

Q: How should I report a wildfire?

A: Call 911 to report a wildfire.

Q: My local fire marshal has also issued a burn ban for my county. What does this mean?

A: The burn ban issued by the N.C. Forest service does not apply to a fire within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. Local government agencies have jurisdiction over open burning within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The N.C. Forest Service has advised county fire marshals of the burning ban and asked for their consideration of also implementing a burning ban. If a fire within a 100-foot area of a dwelling escapes containment, a North Carolina forest ranger may take reasonable steps to extinguish or control it. The person responsible for setting the fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

Q: Are there other instances which impact open burning?

A: Local ordinances and air quality regulations may impact open burning. For instance, outdoor burning is prohibited in areas covered by Code Orange or Code Red air quality forecasts. Learn more about air quality forecasts at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach-education/air-quality-forecasts

Q: Can I have a campfire when I go camping?

A: Campfires would be considered open burning and are not exempt from the burn ban. Portable gas stoves or grills are alternate methods for cooking food while camping during a burn ban.

Q: What can I do to protect my house against the risk of wildfire?

A: Learn about wildfire risk assessments and preparedness and prevention plans on the N.C. Forest Service website.

Residents with questions regarding their specific county can contact their county ranger with the N.C. Forest Service or their county fire marshal’s office.

910-347-4270 Brian Kelly, Onslow Co. Fire Marshal.

910-324-3633 Ben Patterson, Onslow Co. Ranger.