Two Sampson County teens are facing multiple felony charges in connection with local break-ins that took place in the northern part of the county Sept. 25, 27 and 28.
Matthew Ryan Horner, 19, of 785 Taylors Chapel Road, was arrested at a residence on East Williams Street in Autryville Tuesday around 11:35 a.m. He was linked to six break-ins and charged with six counts of breaking and entering; four counts of possession of stolen goods; two counts of larceny after breaking and entering; two counts of misdemeanor larceny; and one count of felony larceny.
Horner was taken to the Sampson County Detention Center and placed under a $75,000 secured bond.
Arrested later Tuesday evening was Samuel Drew Tew, 19, of 145 Cavenaugh Road. He has been charged with three counts of breaking and entering; breaking and entering of a motor vehicle; larceny; possession of stolen goods; felony larceny after breaking and entering; and felony possession of stolen goods.
Tew was arrested around 7 p.m. at the Sampson County Detention Center. He was charged and placed under a $20,000 bond.
According to sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope,Tew and Horner are co-defendants in four of the crimes, a spree that began the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 25, when a break-in and larceny was reported at a residence located in the 100 block of Lewis Illy Tew Road around 6:15 p.m.. Taken in the break-in was a power converter valued at $40; cash; silver and gasoline.
A half-hour later, a larceny was reported at a residence on Cavanel Road. Reported stolen was a gas container valued at $20.
At 9:35 p.m. that same night, a residence located in the 100 block of Cavenaugh Road was broken into, but nothing was taken. A window, however, was damaged.
Two days later, on Thursday, Sept. 27, the back door of a residence in the 300 block of Lewis Illy Tew Road was reportedly kicked in. The door, valued at $500, was damaged, but nothing was reported stolen from the home.
The following day, around 11:35 a.m., a retired man reported that his vehicle was broken into while sitting in the parking lot of a residence located in the 800 block of Taylors Chapel Road. Reported stolen was a $300 .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol; a holster valued at $50; and five gallons of gas valued at $15.
Three hours later, the door to a barn, located behind a residence in the 900 block of Taylors Chapel Road, was kicked in. Reported stolen in the incident was a chainsaw motor valued at $50; a 20-inch chainsaw blade valued at $25; a jig saw valued at $39; and a skill saw valued at $40.
Five hours later, around 8 p.m, a vehicle in the same vicinity, sitting in front of a residence in the 800 block of Taylors Chapel Road, was broken into.
Reported stolen was a Troybilt weedeater valued at $179 and $5 in coins.
Horner was linked to all seven incidents; Tew was linked to only four.
Both teens were given trial dates of Oct. 12.
According to the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Horner has a history of convictions dating back to January 2010. Those convictions include: larceny (January 2010); misdemeanor breaking and entering (March 2010);breaking and entering of motor vehicles and nine counts of financial card fraud (September 2011); and larceny of a motor vehicle (October 2011).
Tew has convictions dating back to August 2011. Those convictions include felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering (both from August 2011).
Horner was recently arrested in June and charged with resisting a police officer; communicating threats; and injury to personal property.
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