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Three arrested in 'Toys for Tots' scam

Posted December 14, 2012 7:49 p.m. EST

— The Wayne County Sheriff's Office arrested three people Thursday in what authorities described as a Christmas scam.

A woman told deputies she gave money to three people who claimed to be collecting for a local fire department's "Toys for Tots" program. When she learned that the fire department was running no such solicitation, she tracked them down and asked for her money back but they refused.

When the trio sped off, the victim was able to get a license plate number, which deputies used to find them.

Goldsboro residents Brittney Kayla Norvell, 22, of 147 Park Ridge, and Phillip Bryan Brill, 27, of 200 Lane Ridge Drive, face one count each of obtaining property by false pretense. Each was being held on $2,500 bond.

Billy Wayne Steen, 37, of 586 Bowell Road in Kenly, faces the same charge plus a charge of resisting a law enforcement officer. He was also wanted on two charges related to a child support case in Johnston County. His bond was set at $7,900.