BAYBORO, N.C. (WNCT) – Three people are busted after a string of robberies in Pamlico County.
“I would say, since I’ve been the sheriff, this is the largest amount of money that we’ve been able to recover,” commented Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Twenty-eight guns and $240,000, those are the stolen items the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office recovered after a series of break-ins in area businesses and homes.
Deputies arrested 25-year-old Matthew Cummings, 28-year-old Jordan Cummings, and 36-year-old William Bell.
“We were able to track down our suspects pretty quick,” he added. “We figured out where they were and we were able to do a traffic stop in Carteret County.”
During that stop, deputies also recovered more than $90,000 in a backpack.
“Cash is very hard to locate once it’s been stolen,” said Sgt.Jason Tyndall, Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s all serialized, but your hundred dollar bill looks just like my 100 dollar bill.”
Sheriff Davis said he believes the suspects were going to sell the guns to make more money.
“It’s just great that we were able to get these guns off the street so they didn’t get into the hands of criminals,” he said. “These guns right here could have been used to kill people in our community or law enforcement agents.”
“It’s a good feeling when you work property crimes to be able to get property back to the victim,” said Tyndall.
More charges are pending in the investigation as deputies continue to solve six more break-ins they believe are related to this ring.
Sheriff Davis said the stolen property hasn’t been returned to its owners. His office is waiting on approval from the district attorney to do so.