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Pair charged in string of county thefts

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Authorities have recovered more than $20,000 worth of tools and other items stolen in a rash of Wilson County thefts, officials say.

Now, 36-year-old John David Jones and 42-year-old Tina Michele Bryant face charges as a result, according to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office’s detective division began investigating those larceny cases, which have occurred in the past several weeks.

The investigation led detectives to a home at 10427 Camp Charles Road outside Bailey, said Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff.

With the Nash County Sheriff’s Office’s assistance, authorities executed a search warrant at the Camp Charles Road home. That’s when investigators recovered items that had been reported stolen out of Wilson County, Samuel said. Items recovered included more than $20,000 worth of stolen tools, a 2014 Homesteader 6-foot by 12-foot trailer and a Massey-Ferguson tractor, Samuel said.

She added that all items recovered during the search have been returned to their rightful owners. Officials say they also located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during the search. Warrants were taken out on Bryant and Jones. Nash County deputies also charged Bryant and Jones on drug offenses related to the search.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested Jones in a traffic stop at U.S. 301 near N.C. 42 west, officials said. Jones, of 10427 Camp Charles Road, is charged with felony larceny, causing damage to property, possession of a firearm by a felon and larceny of a motor vehicle. He was given a $25,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Wilson County Jail.

Bryant was arrested at her 3952 Chickasaw Court home east of Wilson. Detectives also found a Xanax pill wrapped in cellophane at the time of her arrest, Samuel said.

She is charged with felony larceny and possession of with intent to sell or deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance. Bryant was given a $6,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Wilson County Jail.

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