Local teen girl faces charges with other family members after multi-city burglaries

Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 18:33:59-04

PASQUOTANK Co., N.C. - A 16-year-old is facing numerous charges Wednesday, along with several of her family members.

They are accused in a crime spree spanning three different counties.

The incidents happened in Pasquotank, Perquimans and Camden Counties. Officials said the suspects who have been charged are 38-year-old Rodney Wentz, 71-year-old Joann Wentz, a 16-year-old girl and 36-year-old Billy Moehring.

Rodney Wentz is the father of 16-year-old girl. The Pasquotank Sherrif’s Office says the duo was involved in several burglaries across Pasquotank, Camden and Perquimans counties.

One of those, according to court documents obtained by News 3, said Rodney broke into a house on Trinkaloe Road in Elizabeth City. The warrant states he allegedly stole a firearm.

As for the 16-year-old, arrest reports reveal she’s charged with breaking and entering in all three counties along with safecracking.

Pasquotank deputies also arrested Rodney's mother, Joann, for possession of stolen goods.

News 3 went to Joann’s home, however she - along with another family member - declined to give their side of what happened.

Deputies said the burglaries started in February and continued until their arrests earlier in March.

Here's a full list of charges the suspects face:

Rodney Randall Wentz:

  • Two counts felony breaking and entering
  • One count larceny of a firearm
  • One count possess stolen goods
  • One count possession of firearm by felon

Joann Barnes Wentz:

  • Two counts of possession stolen goods

16-year-old girl:

  • One count breaking and entering
  • One count larceny after breaking and entering
  • Two counts breaking & entering
  • Two counts larceny after breaking and entering
  • Two counts felony possession stolen goods
  • Two counts injury to real property
  • One count misdemeanor possession stolen goods

Billy Lee Moehring:

  • One count obtaining property by false pretense

Investigators said more charges are pending.