Crime

Cary police charge two men in forklift-fueled January crime spree, ATM break-ins

Police detectives charged two men Monday with a string of break-ins and several thefts from East Chatham Street businesses that occurred one weekend night in January.

The charges came a week after they were arrested on charges of breaking into a convenience store and two bank ATMs.

Quadir Bryant and Robert Mannings, both 23, each were charged Monday with seven counts of felony breaking and entering on Jan. 10 and 11 and four counts of larceny after breaking in that night.

The pair is accused of breaking into East Hair Studio and Thrift 2 Gift at 900 E. Chatham St.; J.M. Thompson at 102 E. Chatham St., where police said they stole a forklift; Economy Storage at 931 Trinity Road; Black Forest Industries at 1000 E. Chatham St.; Madsen Motor Co. at 902 E. Chatham St., and Cary Mower and Saw at 408 E. Chatham St.

Cary police had said they were looking for two suspects in a Jan. 10-11 crime spree in which a forklift, car and hundreds of dollars were taken from businesses on East Chatham Street, east of downtown.

Police reports at the time showed the suspects used a forklift to break into at least two buildings, police said. They stacked tires to break into a back window of an auto dealership, and they vandalized one business while leaving others more intact.

On Feb 4, police charged Bryant and Mannings with a break-in that day at a Valero outlet at 880 E. Chatham St. and the theft of $200. Another warrant that day accused them of break-ins between Jan. 9 and 11 at ATM machines at a State Employees Credit Union branch at 531 Walnut St. and a PNC branch on High House Road.

A third warrant on Feb. 4 accused them of stealing a 2014 Chrysler from one of the businesses broken into during the January weekend.

Police had said they suspected the same two people who hit the businesses had carried out a Jan. 13 attempted break-in at a BB&T ATM at 848 S.E. Maynard Road.

Capt. Randall Rhyne, head of the police Criminal Investigation Division, declined to say Tuesday if Mannings and Bryant are suspects in that case, but he said, “Our investigation into their activities is continuing.”

The charges filed Monday included breaking into a landscaping company’s truck on Jan. 19 and stealing leaf blowers.

All of the Monday charges were served at the Wake County Detention Center, where Bryant and Mannings were being held.

Arrest files list the two men as living in an apartment at 1205 Village Greenway, Cary, and said they were arrested there on Feb. 4, but police listed addresses in Delaware for them when obtaining warrants for their arrests.

Each was being held on $150,000 bail for a court appearance Tuesday on the latest charges. They have a Feb. 26 court hearing scheduled on the earlier round of charges.

Reporter Paul A. Specht contributed to this story.

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