NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Deputies working a 6-month investigation into breaking and enterings in the Bridgeton area have arrested two brothers from New Bern and a woman from Summerville, South Carolina.
24-year-old James Robert Lewis is facing 73 charges related to breaking and enterings and larcenies. He’s charged with felony larceny of a firearm, two counts of felony obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny of motor vehicle, five counts of felony larceny, five counts felony breaking and entering of vehicle, ten counts felony breaking and entering of a building, forty-four counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering, and five misdemeanor counts of larceny. He’s also an absconder from probation. His bond was set at $206,500.
Also arrested was 28-year-old Elizabeth Yancey of Summerville, South Carolina. She’s charged with felony breaking & entering, three counts of felony larceny, felony obtaining property false pretense, felony conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.
Deputies said in a news release the larcenies and break-ins involved sheds, detached garages, and homes. Items stolen during the break-ins were chainsaws, weed eaters, tools, ATV’s, dirt bikes, motorcycles, Zero turn mowers, utility trailers, and stereo equipment.
The break-ins happened along Broad Creek Road, Halfmoon Road, Old Vanceboro Road, and Antioch Road in the Bridgeton area of Craven County. With the arrests, the Craven County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division was able to close out 18 cases.
16-year-old Brandon Lewis, the brother of James Robert Lewis, was charged with accessory after the fact for hiding his brother at his home. The younger Lewis was released on a custody release.