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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  • by wondering mind on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    where all the comments......
  • by ananymous Location: greenville on Apr 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    i know most of these boys and grew up with a few of them. I can honestly say i didnt see anything like this happening. i hate to see them going through this but if you dont want to do the time then dont do the crime.
  • by ha on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    mann these were the boys!! i cant believe they are out of here. DJ was so sweet and innocent but i reckon he grew up with the wrong crowd. :(
  • by Pee-d Location: martin co on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    These badboys are so good at cracking things, they should enjoy twenty years cracking big rocks with a big hammer ! Thieves are scum of the earth.I wonder if they were raised in this type of environment,or are there five sets of parents embarrassed about what their sweet do-no wrong boys have been doing.Build more prisons,make prisoners work for their room and board . Bring back chain-gangs working roadways,cleaning out ditches, shrubbing, anything manual,hard and unpleasant.I could go on and on about scumbags that steal.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:26 AM in reply to Pee-d
      You wouldn't need to build more prisons if we would indeed "Bring back chain-gangs working roadways,cleaning out ditches, shrubbing, anything manual,hard and unpleasant" instead of letting these scumbags have 3 hot meals a day, HVAC, TV, exercise facilities, etc, plus letting them out after only serving 1/3 of their time....courtesy of our lame useless, good-for-nothing justice system.
  • by curious on Apr 5, 2011 at 06:10 PM
    Well let's see not a lot of comments about this. Wonder why? No name calling, No saying their parents are low life, no saying they are un-educated. Can't imagine you usual have no comments on this. Well let me help you out. Here is the link so you can see the pictures. http://www.reflector.com/crimerescue/five-arrested-business-burglary-cases-397340 But believe it or not I don't want you to say anything negative. I don't wish anything bad on anyone, They are accused not convicted. I won't stoop to your usual level. I will say that normally if this was men of another race their pictures would be posted all over the place and you good christian, do gooders and law abiding citizens would be all over this. Just saying.
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      by Retired Enlisted Marine on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:53 PM in reply to curious
      Your correct, in my book scum is scum and these idiots are scum.
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      by bigot on Apr 5, 2011 at 07:57 PM in reply to curious
      When it comes to criminal behavior, race and gender are irrevelant.
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      by ralph on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:45 AM in reply to curious
      Thanks for the link to pics, Curious. did you see that tattoo? That is a strong visual hint to a person's character.... some people are trying to "mainstream" tattoos, but they are a serious character flaw... If a person disrespects himself so extremely, how can he respect others?
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        by ha on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:10 AM in reply to ralph
        the tattoo that your talking about is his daughters footprints. how is his daughters footprints a hint to a persons character? dont judge a book by its cover, its not the nice thing to do. yes this boy isn't the best person ever but he does have a good heart. he just got mixed in with the wrong crowd from the beginning and couldnt get out of it.
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          by lawful on Apr 6, 2011 at 11:23 AM in reply to ha
          Sounds like you knew them.Why would someone that has a child want to go and do these things? Why not just get a job? Is something wrong with him working? What about the Mother is she in all this too? Maybe the state should take the child before it ends up just like them!
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          by Jonathan on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:43 PM in reply to ha
          Yea i liked what you said DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY IT COVER. Yea i was going to put a wrong name in but im not my name is jonathan his brother and if yall dont know what your talking about you need to keep your mouth closed.
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          by ha on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:08 AM in reply to ha
          the truth is the truth jonathan. i think i might know you, i knew your brother and thats the only reason i said something up here.
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          by jonathan on Apr 13, 2011 at 07:45 PM in reply to ha
          How do you know my brother you said u might know me ?
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      by FedUp on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:01 AM in reply to curious
      Dude, you are #14! Be patient. Or maybe you are just trying to start something?
  • by stokes on Apr 5, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    pics are here: http://www.reflector.com/crimerescue/five-arrested-business-burglary-cases-397340
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Apr 5, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    I remember a few weeks ago when I first saw this story and was wondering where these were happening. I'm glad that Mr. Elks provided WITN with the info. Sounds like the sheriff's department did a great job! Kudos. Now if we could just get GPD to learn a thing or two from them...
  • by Jerry Location: Players Retreat on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    Great work by the sheriff's department and his personnel. We hope all of them get jail time.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    pictures of the scumbags, please!
  • by Officer1 Location: NC on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    To fair36 - You don't need to see the pictures to know if you've been a victim!!
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