Among the biggest of dick maneuvers possible is to take advantage of a friend’s trust and then sell all his stuff. It’s even worse when that friend is a soldier deployed to a war zone.
A Harnett County soldier’s decision to ask a friend to house-sit during his deployment to Afghanistan led to a monumental betrayal of trust that included identity theft, the fraudulent sale of possessions and the friend’s death, according to police in Erwin.
The “friend” is no longer in a position to do this ever again.
(Suspect) died just as police were obtaining warrants for his arrest, under circumstances that remain under investigation. Two women found his body in a local cemetery; among his possessions were a gun and Beharry’s ID.
They’ve checked, and the soldier is still in Afghanistan, so unless he’s now the record holder of the worlds longest sniper shot, he’s in the clear. Though they haven’t said if the soldier convinced the Air Force to send a Reaper to shoot the “friend” with a Hellfire missile. Even if he did, I don’t think they will be able to find 12 people who would convict him.
Luckily most of the stuff has been traced and will be returned.
Police are now trying to track down where all the items went; they have identified at least 12 recipients so far. One of Beharry’s cars was found nearly 50 miles south, in the town of Shannon, with a new owner who had already gotten a title for it. So far, 118 items have been recovered. “We have a few kitchen items, two cars, a handgun and a washer and dryer left to find,” Morris said.
It’s the handgun that confuses me. It’s a crime to sell a handgun to someone who doesn’t have a purchase permit or a Concealed Handgun Permit. It’s also a crime to receive a pistol without one of those two permits. One hopes that while he was breaking all the other laws, the “friend” made an effort to comply with NC firearms law.
I’m not going to hold my breath, though. I like the Smurfs, but I don’t want to look like one.
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