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5 charged in string of Elm City break-ins

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ELM CITY — Three adults and two teenagers have been charged in a string of home break-ins in and around Elm City, according to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief of Staff Wanda Samuel said the suspects broke into homes on Stagecoach Road, Sharpe Store Road, West Langley Road and Winfield Court between July 18 and Aug. 4. Items reported stolen include several firearms, a 32-inch television, jewelry, designer handbags, a chainsaw, copper piping, a “very large amount of loose coins” and various other goods.

Matthew Alan McCrary, 32, and Tyler Ruffin, 17, both of 500 E. Church St. in Elm City, were charged with five counts each of breaking and entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and three counts of larceny of a firearm.

McCrary faces an additional charge of obtaining property by false pretenses and was booked into the Wilson County Jail under a $57,500 secured bond. Ruffin was released on a $21,500 secured bond.

Jonathan Owens, 17, of 4443 W. Langley Road, faces five counts of breaking and entering, four counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and three counts of larceny of a firearm. He was released on a $20,000 secured bond.

Greg Ruffin, 41, of 601 E. Church St., is charged with one count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm. He was released on a $5,000 secured bond.

Deputies said Greg Ruffin is Tyler Ruffin’s father.

Michelle Winstead, 37, of 4443 W. Langley Road, faces one count each of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and possession of stolen property. She was released on a $12,000 secured bond.

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