Five Nabbed In Pitt Co. Safe Cracking Spree

Five people are jailed after deputies say they were responsible for a rash of break-ins and safe cracking cases in Pitt County.

Sheriff Neil Elks announced the arrests Tuesday morning. He says in an armed robbery last month in Bell Arthur, deputies seized fingerprints that matched evidence found at B&E's and safe cracking cases.

Jeffrey Phelps is charged with conspiracy to break and enter a building with the intent to commit a felony; 3 counts of larceny; 4 counts of breaking and entering a building; 4 counts of breaking and entering coin machines; 2 counts breaking and entering paper currency machines; 3 counts of larceny after breaking and entering; attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon; 1st degree burglary; discharging a weapon on occupied property; conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon; 2 counts of safe cracking; conspiracy to commit robbery. Phelps is under a $250,000 secured bond.

David Phelps is charged with 3 counts of breaking and entering; 2 counts of larceny after breaking and entering; 1st degree burglary; discharging a weapon on occupied property; conspiracy to commit robbery; possession of marijuana up to ½ oz.; possession of drug paraphernalia. Phelps is under a $20,000 secured bond.

Brandt Elis is charged with attempted 1st degree robbery with a dangerous weapon; 1st degree burglary; discharging a weapon on occupied property; conspiracy to commit robbery; possession of marijuana up to ½ oz.; possession of drug paraphernalia. Elis is under a $150,500 secured bond.

Randy Dixon is charged with 5 counts of breaking and entering a building; 4 counts of breaking and entering coin machines; safe cracking; conspiracy to commit breaking and entering; 4 counts of larceny after breaking and entering. Dixon is under a $150,500 secured bond.

Jesus Ruiz is charged with 3 counts of breaking and entering; 2 counts of breaking and entering coin machines; conspiracy to commit breaking and entering; 2 counts of larceny after breaking and entering. Ruiz is under a $50,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Elks says the cases include:

JJ’s Country Store at 1330 Hwy. 903 N, Stokes on February 3 where cash, beer, soft drinks, a cigarette dispenser, a safe and other items were stolen.

T-Rays at 4551 NC 43 South, Greenville on March 10 where televisions, video machines and other equipment were stolen;

Players Retreat at 1641 Pactolus Hwy, Greenville in March 21 where a touch screen computer game system, a juke box, a card machine, a cigarette machine, a television, cigarettes, alcoholic beverages and money were stolen;

427 Convenient Mart at 1461 Old River Road, Greenville on March 28 where tobacco products and cash were stolen; The Country Store at 3982 Mills Road, Greenville on March 28 where an air conditioner was stolen.

The sheriff says more charges are possible in the case.


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