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Plumber for NC faces embezzlement charge

Posted January 8, 2012

— A longtime plumber for the state of North Carolina has been charged with embezzlement.

Arrest warrants show Adrian Thomas Harris, of 7260 Hunt Valley Trail in Wendell, was arrested Friday on one count of embezzlement of state property.

An arrest warrant alleges that Harris "unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did embezzle and knowing misapply and convert to the defendant's own use" 40 feet of 2-inch copper pipes belonging to the state between Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.

He was in the Wake County jail Sunday morning under a $10,000 bond.

According to arrest documents, Harris worked as a plumber for North Carolina for seven years. They do not indicate where he specifically worked. Also unclear is whether Harris is still an employee for the state.


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  • elliesmom Jan 9, 2012

    FYI--the pipe was not leftover, it was in a steam tunnel under the Capitol to be connected to the water main to replace older, leaking pipes. The theft of the copper pipe had already been reported to State Capitol Police and had been mentioned in the news (including on WRAL). For those of us who knew Adrian, this is both sad and extremely disappointing. I guess you never know :-(

  • not my real name Jan 9, 2012

    Maybe he needed a Christmas bonus and the state stiffed him. $500 is still petty compared to the excessive waste of the gvmt on a regular basis. I'm not condoning it by any means. Any type of theft is still wrong and he should have known he'd get fired, at least.

  • NoRespect Jan 9, 2012

    hereandnow99... Right on! Somehow, some folks just choose to ignore the facts. Maybe listening to Rush and watching Fox noise all the time will do that to you... I don't know.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 9, 2012

    @cantbtaught, why do you think this man is currently a state worker? The story says that they don't know.

    He could have been fired or quit and has now become a thief.

    Oh, and you might want to read up on that whole bailout thing...dates, residing president, loan-not-gift, payback rates, etc.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 9, 2012

    One good-ole-boy down, more to go. Keep up the good work, NC!

  • farm Jan 9, 2012

    He must have made a fellow employee mad. I bet worse than that goes on around the State.....

  • Z Man Jan 9, 2012

    All I can think of that's not already been said is 'penny wise and dollar foolish'.

  • NoRespect Jan 9, 2012

    Not sure what you'd do with 2" copper pipe around your house... That is pretty big for copper pipe. Looks like that stuff sells for about $15 per foot. So, he got about $600 worth of materials.

  • orionsune2 Jan 9, 2012

    Rebelyell5, and what exactly does this mans actions have to do with drug use? You people who think drug use leads to criminal activity or ignorance are diluting yourselves. I have met all kinds of genius people who use some sort of drug, both illegal and prescription. People take stuff like Zoloft, Wellbutrin, or any other kind of med for personality, mood, or other kinds of psychological disorders. Because a doctor prescribes it, and a pharmacy produces it, then it's OK to take that kind of drug? Keep in mind, some states actually prescribe Marijuana to patients now. I am by no means trying to defend hardcore drugs like Heroin, Crack, etc... I am just trying to put things into perspective for people who like to repeat what they hear on FOX news and develop flawed opinions based on a single-minded perspective.

  • brmyspots Jan 9, 2012

    This seems more like petty theft than embezzlement. They'll likely reduce the charge with a plea. Which will go unreported. I know copper is thru the roof, but really, could it have been more than $200? Was it scrap left over from a job or what? The state wastes more than that a day on BS so it seems pretty excessive for a one time event, unless he'd been doing this regularly.

    You're exactly right. Cops and DA's throw dozens of charges hoping that something sticks. I don't know all details of this but if he was unloading leftover pieces from his truck at the end of the day just so he wouldn't have to carry them around, they'd perceive that as embezzlement? It's not like he was cooking the books, padding time, over charging for mileage and stealing money from the account. Sheesh....you're talking about some pipe here. I'm actually kind of surprised they didn't raid his house at 2:30 a.m. with a swat team or something.