SMITHFIELD – Johnston County deputies made a quick arrest following the theft of a Ford dump truck and equipment trailer parked on Iris Road near Four Oaks. It was stolen Sunday afternoon, July 2.
The truck and trailer were found a short time later on Hummingbird Road with no apparent damage.
Witnesses reported seeing the possible suspect walk away. Deputies searched the area but could not find the man.
Later, the suspect was spotted sitting in a ditch, wearing only khaki shorts, at the intersection of Highway 210 and Berea Church Road.
Hunter Dustin Messer, age 36, of Fuquay Varina was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony larceny. He was held on a $70,000 secured bond at the Johnston County Jail.
In June 2023, Messer was arrested for allegedly vandalizing the Sanders Grove Baptist Church cemetery on NC Highway 210.