Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller made a statement on the Raeford Brown Show Friday, April 27, claiming that Onslow County Sheriff candidate Boyd Brown is under investigation for being a part of a tractor theft ring that was active in 2004, 14-years later.
Sheriff Hans Miller and Sheriff candidates Walter Scott and Boyd Brown were all invited to the Raeford Brown Show, on Thunder Country 96.3, to address issues in Onslow County as well as why the candidates are running for sheriff. The hosts and candidates dealt with a number of topics including social media, in which Boyd Brown brought up a private message that we here at News In Onslow published.
In the message, Sheriff Miller mentions that he would “put out all the documents on BOYD,” and that his “campaign is working and making sure all the citizens know about the thief.” About “57:00” minutes into the show, Brown addresses Miller regarding the private message that was released to the public.
“Mr. Miller said that everybody ought to be held accountable and confess up to it, I want to read it this morning of what he put out on me on his Facebook page months ago. Mr. Miller has called me a thief and I want to know where he is getting this from,” Brown said.
Miller responded that he does not comment on “an active criminal investigation.” Brown inserted “This is not active.” To which Miller replied, “Period. Done.” The two went back and forth for a moment, and you hear Miller say “This investigation is not closed.”
According to the State Bureau of Investigation, and the incident/investigative report, this investigation is closed and Hans Miller took this opportunity to attack Brown with a lie, like he claimed he faced in 2014 by former Sheriff Ed Brown. According to an Onslow County Sheriff Deputy, Col. Donnie Worrell, Boyd Brown was never listed as a suspect in the case and was never charged in the case.
Brown was actually a victim in the case. Multiple tractors were stolen and sold to multiple victims who were unaware that they were stolen, including Brown. Months later, information came to light that there was a tractor theft ring and it was at this point in time that Boyd Brown approached former Sheriff Ed Brown about it. Sheriff Brown questioned Boyd about his tractor, and told him to run his serial number on the tractor and it came back as stolen. Sheriff Brown then requested that he turn it over to the Onslow County Sheriff Department. Brown, along with the State Bureau of Investigation, located the other stolen tractors and seized them as well.
Sheriff Hans Miller has continued his quest to destroy Boyd Brown’s reputation since November 2017 with constant lies about him being a thief. It is hard to believe that a man who professes to have such “Honor & Integrity” would go on a syndicated radio show and say that his opponent is under investigation for a crime that occurred 14-years-ago and he was only involved in as an innocent victim.
It has also been rumored that Boyd Brown’s FOIA requests for the specific case were denied in 2015 by Sheriff Miller’s administration.
At this point, if the case is still active and the investigation is still ongoing then it should be in the hands of the District Attorney, Earnie Lee, and he should publicly release a statement on whether the criminal investigation accusation Miller made about Brown is true or false.
News In Onslow will follow up with District Attorney Earnie Lee about this supposedly open case against Brown.
Listen to what Raeford Brown and Elliot Potter had to say at the end of their show on Friday about the case BELOW: