Two Virginia Beach men arrested for stolen car, drug possession

By on May 22, 2023

(Dare County Sheriff’s Office)

Thomas Kessel and Richard Norman Smith II.

On May 22, at approximately 2:50 a.m., Deputies working the C-District came across a vehicle stuck in a ditch on NC Hwy 12 near Osprey Way in Frisco. When the tag on that vehicle was run, the tag came back stolen from Virginia Beach, VA. When the Deputies were trying to figure out the owner and information for the truck through the Vehicle Identification Number, drug paraphernalia was seen in plain view. The vehicle was searched, and an amount of Marijuana, Marijuana Paraphernalia, Drug Paraphernalia and Methamphetamine were located and seized.

Both Sterling Thomas Kessel, 42, of Virginia Beach, VA, and Richard Norman Smith II, 41, of Virginia Beach, VA, were arrested and charged with (M) Possession of Stolen Property, (M) Possession of Marijuana, (M) Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, (M) Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia, (F) Possession of Methamphetamine and (F) PWISD Methamphetamine.

Kessel was given a $40,000 secured bond and Smith was given a $52,000 secured bond.



  • Bill

    Steal a car and go to a barrier island with one way in and one way out. Have drugs. Get stuck in a ditch at 2am. What could go wrong? Everything.

    Monday, May 22 @ 8:42 pm
  • Jeremy

    They look like upstanding citizens

    Monday, May 22 @ 8:56 pm
  • Czarina

    You’re right, Bill! That happens so often, which shows the drugs they take DOES affect the brain!

    Tuesday, May 23 @ 7:30 am
  • Liz

    Dumb and dumber. Lovely mugshots.

    Tuesday, May 23 @ 9:48 am
  • mom

    I’m in my early 70’s. They look older.

    Tuesday, May 23 @ 3:20 pm
  • Dan

    Wow…Meth’d Up!

    Wednesday, May 24 @ 9:05 am
  • Look@See

    42 and 41 years old.. probably not gonna be rehabilitated at this point. One more reason to NOT legalize marijuana for recreational use because it attracts people like this who will then attempt to sell hard drugs to your community. People can argue about it all day but I’ve lived in TWO separate cities that legalized it and the unintended consequences FAR outweighed the perceived benefits of legalization. Keep it as a misdemeanor offense no criminal charges because if you’re to stupid to keep your pot at home or not me messed up while driving then you have other problems that need to be addressed.

    Wednesday, May 24 @ 10:42 am