Attempted To Flee On U-Haul
SMITHFIELD – Two people are behind bars after they reportedly used stolen identifications to purchase a new John Deere zero turn mower from a local business. The suspects went to East Coast Equipment at 2783 Highway 70 Business east on June 17th. They provided stolen identifications to purchase and finance a loan on the mower.
Prior to the suspects returning on June 18th to pick up the mower, the identity theft victim received a credit alert someone was using his personal information. He notified East Coast Equipment and when the suspects returned the following day, employees notified Johnston County deputies.
Authorities said Antwaun Andrea Bass, 29, of Raleigh and Antanaisa Chere Colvin, 23, of Washington, NC attempted to flee on a U-Haul truck and trailer they were operating but were blocked in so they couldn’t exit the parking lot. Bass reportedly jumped and ran on foot but was apprehended. Deputies said both suspects had fake identification cards and drivers licenses.
Bass was also wanted on outstanding warrants for similar theft cases in other jurisdictions.
Bass and Colvin were charged with identity theft, obtaining property by false pretenses and felony conspiracy. Bass was also charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer and possession of marijuana.
Bass was confined in the Johnston County Jail on a $70,000 bond. Colvin was incarcerated on a $30,000 bond.