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Rocky Mount officer, police cadet charged in gun theft

Posted May 13, 2011

— A Rocky Mount police officer and a police cadet have been charged with breaking into a vehicle in Greenville and stealing a gun, authorities said Friday.

David Ryan Christman, 25, of 3206 Sunset Ave. in Rocky Mount, and Marvin Joshua Cobb, 25, of 3018 Northridge Drive in Rocky Mount, were charged with breaking and entering of a vehicle, larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

Christman is an officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department, and Cobb is a student in Basic Law Enforcement Training, authorities said.

Pitt County deputies learned that a stolen Benelli Nova 12-gauge pump-action shotgun was pawned Wednesday at a Greenville pawn shop. The gun was stolen in a 2007 vehicle break-in, authorities said.

They later traced the gun to Christman and Cobb, who were both living in Greenville at the time of the break-in, authorities said.


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  • lulz4meandu May 16, 2011

    Hmm, a Rocky Mount Policeman, recently working undercover narcotics cases, is a dirty cop?

    Who'd have known?

  • RM24 May 16, 2011

    Some erase CELL PHONE EVIDENCE. And others are theifs? At least they were so ignorant to pawn the gun that was stolen.
    I really am beginning to have NO FAITH IN LEO's.

  • thinkin out loud May 13, 2011

    Wilkow Majority
    WRAl has always been that way!

  • thinkin out loud May 13, 2011

    Thanks guys. Just what we LEO's needed was more j erks like you to make all of us look bad. If you are guilty of this I hope you get the maximum.

  • texasrig May 13, 2011

    As a police chief myself I find this story troubling. Our profession is grouped and when one does wrong, we all are guilty. When you take the oath of office, the people have put their trust in you to carry out the duties of that office. In my 26 years of service I have seen other police officers who did not adhere to the code of ethics. They are then no better than the criminals they have arrested!

  • working for deadbeats May 13, 2011

    The story about the Garner PD "officer of the year" was OF COURSE buried in the noteworthy section where it will barely be seen. The slant against law enforcement here is sickening.

  • nufsaid May 13, 2011

    "As an LEO, these guys make me sick!
    It is always the few bad apples that smear the good work, reputation and public trust the majority of cops work for.
    Trust me, nobody hates dirty cops more than the cops who work hard for the public everyday.
    Raleigh Joe"

    I for one appreciate the job performed by the vast majority of LEOs. My faith was shaken by the actions of several CPD detectives and Chief Bazemore during the investigation of the murder of Nancy Cooper.

  • Jeff_W May 13, 2011

    Keep in mind, they were not Police when the B&E-Theft occurred. I am not defending them ... just pointing out that when they allegedly committed the crimes they were NOT law enforcement. It is a shame the news makes it sound as if they were 'dirty cops' committing crimes on duty.

  • didisaythat May 13, 2011

    Wildcat, what would a background check do if they have never been charged until now? But to answer your question, yes they do background checks.

  • didisaythat May 13, 2011

    Glad they got these two out of the uniform. Thanks guys for making my job that much harder.