Autryville man charged in two break-ins

By: By Chris Berendt -

By Chris Berendt


An Autryville has been charged in connection with two separate break-ins last month in which approximately $15,000 worth of items was reported stolen.

Matthew Dean Bullard, 48, of 1150 Carry Bridge Road, Autryville, has been charged with two counts of burglary-forcible entry, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering and two counts of possessing/concealing stolen goods, according to reports filed at the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office Monday.

Bullard received additional charges of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the two cases.

Sheriff’s officials said the charges stem from two separate incidents last month.

On June 3, a report was taken in reference to a breaking and entering that occurred on Carry Bridge Road, Autryville, in which it was reported that close to $1,000 worth of property was stolen from the residence. In the other report, made on June 14, a separate victim told investigators that their residence on Paddinton Lane was broken into and that more than $14,000 worth of property was removed.

“As a result, an investigation was launched into both incidents and probable cause was obtained to charge the suspect with both incidents,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said Monday.

According to reports, Bullard was arrested at his Autryville residence on Friday afternoon and charged in connection with both incidents.

N.C. Department of Public Safety records show convictions on Bullard of driving while impaired in 1999, damage to property in 2006, possession of stolen goods in 2010 and assault on a female in 2014. According to court records, for that last conviction in September 2014, Bullard received a two-year suspended sentence and was placed on probation. Just halfway through that probation period, his probationary status is still listed as active by NCDPS.

Bullard’s bond was set at $50,000 secured in each of the incidents for a total bond of $100,000.

Reach staff writer Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.

Reach staff writer Chris Berendt at 910-249-4616. Follow the paper on twitter @SampsonInd and like us on Facebook.