Pair arrested in rash of Cary business break-ins

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Pair arrested in rash of Cary business break-ins
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Cary police say it all started when someone stole a forklift from a business and used it to steal stuff from other companies on Chatham Street.

CARY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Police say they've made two arrests in a weekend crime spree at businesses along East Chatham Street in Cary back in early January.

Quadir Bryant and Robert Mannings - both 23 - face multiple charges including breaking and entering, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen goods, and the attempted burglary of an ATM.

As ABC11 first reported, five businesses were broken into January 11.

Investigators said it all started at J.M. Thompson contractors where the thieves stole a forklift and crashed through a gate.

They went next door to an auto repair shop and used the forklift to open a roll up door. Once inside, they vandalized the business and stole a car.

Police say they then drove the forklift down Chatham Street to the next cluster of businesses. The owner of the Thrift 2 Gift store told ABC11 the men broke a window to get in and stole a few hundred dollars from cash registers and ripped the video recorder from a surveillance camera system.

At the adjacent beauty shop, they broke a window and stole a few dollars in petty cash, then went next door to Madsen Motors. There they took wheels and tires and stacked them up to a second floor window. The owner believes they then used a forklift to put one of the men on top and he used rocks to break an office window. However, that set off an alarm and they fled.

Police say they took the stolen car from the auto repair shop and used it to ram an ATM at a bank several miles away. That ploy didn't work, but the ATM took pictures of one of the men.

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