Sneads Ferry larceny suspect arrested

Bertha Jean Ayers (Photo courtesy of Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

SNEADS FERRY, Onslow County - Onslow County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in a Sneads Ferry larceny case.

On August 28, 2017, Onslow County Sheriff's Office uniformed patrol deputies responded to Outriggers 21 in Sneads Ferry for a report of larceny by employee. The business reported that several customers had unauthorized charges on their credit card. Once the business became aware of the complaints, they began checking their receipts and called law enforcement to investigate.

An investigation by detectives revealed that Bertha Jean Ayers, a waitress at the time and now former employee, had been entering unauthorized tips for herself on customers' credit cards. This occurred over a two-week period from August 16 until August 28, 2017.

Ayers, a 38-year-old native of Sneads Ferry, was subsequently arrested September 10, 2017 and charged with (10) Counts of Felony Obtaining Property by False Pretense. She was taken before the magistrate and given a $7,500 unsecured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113, Det. M. Gibbs at, or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. Detectives ask that you please refer to case 2017015559 when calling about this incident.

Crime Stoppers offers cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that is deemed of value or assistance to law enforcement. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and never have to reveal their identity.

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