Landlord of Ned Byrd arrested for stealing mountain bikes, guns from deputy's home

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
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The landlord of Deputy Ned Byrd has been charged with larceny after items were stolen from the fallen deputy's home just days after he was murdered.

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- The landlord of Wake County Deputy Ned Byrd has been charged with larceny after items were stolen from the fallen deputy's home just days after he was murdered.

Andrew Culbreth, 59, was charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm on August 16.

Andrew Culbreth shares the same last name as Jason Culbreth, who spoke at Byrd's funeral and said he considered Byrd to be a brother. It's not known at this time how the two Culbreth's are related.

Arrest warrants accuse Culbreth of taking three mountain bikes, a bike helmet, ammunition and multiple guns from Byrd's home.

Previously, an incident report revealed that Byrd's 2019 Toyota Tacoma and 2020 Flyer camping trailer were both taken sometime Saturday night into Sunday morning (Aug 13-14). However, that appears to be an unrelated event that the Wake County Sheriff's office described as being part of a "civil dispute" and resulted in no criminal charges.

Wake County Chief Legal Advisor Rick Brown said the missing truck and camper were "taken without permission" in an ongoing civil dispute. He said the items have since been recovered.

That happened just over 48 hours after someone shot Byrd multiple times while he was on duty.

On Tuesday, a second man was charged in the murder of Byrd who was shot and killed earlier this month in Wake County.

Tuesday's grand jury indictment identified 25-year-old Alder Alfonso Marin-Sotelo, as a suspect along with his brother 29-year-old Arturo-Marin Sotelo.

ABC11 has also learned that Byrd's K-9 partner, Sasha, will continue her duties with the sheriff's department. However, she will first be paired up with a new handler. Those two will undergo training before assuming active duties.