A joint investigation involving the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has yielded the apprehension of Stephen Eugene Beck in Wilmington, N.C..
The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office requested that TBI add Beck to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitive list after he failed to report to court in Wilson County on July 25, 2011.
The charges against Beck, 43, stem from a case that dates back to 2010. When he was arrested four years ago he was released from the Rutherford County jail after posting a $1 million bond with 10 different bondsmen. He later skipped town and was eventually added to the TBI most wanted list after failing to show up for court in Wilson County for other charges. In Wilson County, he was out on $150,000 bond.
TBI Special Agents, U.S. Marshal Service personnel, Wilson County deputies, and Rutherford County deputies have searched for more than two and one-half years for Beck in an investigation that involved hundreds of tips, more than 1,000 leads and across 17 states. In February 2014, TBI developed information that Beck had been living in the Johnson City area and was actively avoiding capture.
Eventually, it was learned that Beck moved to Wilmington, N.C., last June. TBI Special Agents and Deputy U.S. Marshals were searching for Beck in the Wilmington area for the past few months. That investigation led U.S. Marshals personnel to 124 Dapple Court in Wilmington, N.C., where Beck was found to be living under a stolen identity. Beck was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals Service personnel. Drugs and drug paraphernalia were seized from the apartment subsequent to Beck’s arrest. Beck will be booked into the New Hanover County Jail to await extradition as well as face local charges.