An off-duty deputy sheriff is credited with stopping the break-in of his neighbor's home.
Wednesday night around 7:40 p.m. Detective Walt Stancil was walking his dog on Black Jack-Simpson road when he notice a van pull into a neighbor's driveway. While the neighbor didn't appear to be home, Stancil noticed two men get get out of the van and walk towards the home. One had an object in his hand, and both had on a mask and hood.
Stancil quickly returned to his home to get his phone. He says he then noticed the men try to force open the door of the home and a loud noise caused by one of the men caused neighborhood dogs to start barking. At that point the men headed back to the van.
The detective followed the van in his patrol car and it pulled into another driveway. As they tried to back out, the van ended up in a ditch. A state trooper helped Stancil arrest the men.
Inside the van they found a hidden weapon, crow bar, ski mask and gloves. Deputies say they later learned the crow bard was used in an earlier break-in on Preston Wood Drive in Greenville.
Charged with attempted breaking and entering, conspire to break and enter a building, injury to real property, possession of burglary tools, carry concealed weapon and felony breaking and entering are Melvin Murphy, Jr., Tony Haddock, and Brandon Green, all of Winterville. Murphy is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
All three were jailed on bonds between $100,000 and $125,000.