Drone Used To Recover $50,000 In Stolen Property

A Johnston County Sheriff’s Office drone was used to locate $50,000 in stolen property in a wooded area near Benson.

Detectives received a tip that stolen property was scattered in a wooded area between the 4200 and 4400 blocks of Woods Crossroads Road in the Meadow community.  Officers used a drone to pinpoint the location of the stolen items.

Deputies executed a search warrant at the property on May 2nd and recovered two trailers and other construction equipment stolen about a month ago from jobs sites in Wake County.

The suspect, 37 year-old Nolan King Knittle of Woods Crossroads Road, Benson, fled on foot through a field, swamp and horse pasture. He was eventually located lying down in tall grass and arrested.   Knittle reportedly told the arresting officers, “F**k you. God da*n. Earn your f**king paycheck.”

Knittle was charged with possession of stolen property. He was also wanted at the time of his May 2nd arrest on several warrants from Harnett County including fleeing to elude arrest and meth possession.

Knittle was confined in the Johnston County Jail in lieu of a $131,000 bond.