Deputy was on a call, couple was on the lam in patrol car, Johnston sheriff’s office says

Johnston County patrol car
Johnston County patrol car Johnston County Sheriff's Office

A man and woman are accused of stealing a Johnston County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car while the deputy was answering a call next door.

Charles Thomas Bullock Johnston County Sheriff's Office

Charles Thomas Bullock, 36, was charged with stealing a car and stealing a firearm because of a gun that was in the patrol car’s trunk, Capt. Jeff Caldwell said Tuesday.

Nicole Allsbrook Thomas, 41, was charged with conspiring to commit both thefts.

Nicole Allsbrook Thomas Johnston County Sheriff's Office

Caldwell said a deputy had answered what authorities label a general “call for service” at one lot at 971 T-Bar Road about midday Monday.

Bullock and Thomas live on an adjoining lot and “were able to gain access to the deputy’s patrol vehicle,” Caldwell said in a statement to media.

The pair drove off, but other deputies stopped them a short time later, the statement said.

The statement did not say whether the keys to the patrol car were in it at the time.