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Accused copter thief transported to N.C.

December 20th, 2011 9:57 pm by John Thompson

Accused copter thief transported to N.C.

ELIZABETHTON — After cases in two Carter County courts were disposed of last week, Benjamin Barrick, 41, 2613 Bob Little Road, is now facing a North Carolina court on a charge of larceny over $250,000.
Two North Carolina officers arrived at the Carter County Jail on Tuesday morning to take custody of Barrick. After outprocessing from the jail, Barrick was escorted by the officers to a waiting Elizabethtown, N.C., cruiser in the parking lot and then driven away.
The North Carolina charge stems from the disappearance of a helicopter and 12 spare blades that Barrick was allegedly hired to transport to South Carolina on May 1, 2009. The helicopter’s owner told Elizabethtown police that he has not seen the helicopter since. The allegations were made to the Elizabethtown Police Department in August 2010.
Barrick was arrested on Dec. 6 by Carter County sheriff’s deputies on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. He appeared in Sessions Court on Dec. 12 and waived extradition. Three theft charges against him were dismissed by Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown on Friday when it was shown he had made restitution.
Barrick is serving a 15-year probation sentence in Tennessee after he entered a best interest plea agreement to a Washington County charge of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. That charge stemmed from an alleged scheme to hire a man to kill Barrick’s ex-girlfriend’s former boyfriend for $1,000.

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