Man accused in Wayne, Wilson break-in cases

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PIKEVILLE — Authorities say a man wanted for a string of break-ins in Wayne and Wilson counties was apprehended on Friday.

Wayne County sheriff’s deputies arrested 29-year-old Melvin Brandon Brantley of 108 Sparrow Court southwest of Pikeville on four counts of misdemeanor larceny, three orders for arrest and two counts of felony larceny.

Brantley was charged following an investigation into breaking and entering cases and thefts on both sides of the Wayne-Wilson county line, Detective Capt. Shawn Harris said in a news release.

Brantley “has been running from law enforcement for over a week for the charges above and outstanding orders for his arrest for not going to court on related charges,” Harris said.

Tips from the public provided information on the cases that helped investigators identify Brantley as a suspect. Harris said Brantley is considered a person of interest in other break-ins.

Brantley was booked into the Wayne County Jail in Goldsboro pending a bond hearing before a district court judge. A magistrate ordered him held without bond before his first appearance due to his charges of failure to appear in court.

Anyone with information on Brantley’s involvement in theft cases and property he may have sold is asked to call Detective Sgt. Scott Mohiser at 919-731-1480 or Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255.