Trio of Beaufort County burglary suspects arrested

From left to right, Brandon Manning, Christopher Mason and David Bunch (Photos courtesy of Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)

WASHINGTON, Beaufort County - Three men have been arrested in connection with a string of 10 burglaries in the Yacht Club Cove and Country Club Estates subdivisions in Washington in late May, police say.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said residents reported numerous items stolen over the weekend of May 20, including fishing gear, wake boards, golf clubs and power tools. A lead in the case was developed when investigators were informed by one of the victims that some of the stolen property was discovered at the Poor Man's Flea Market in Pitt County.

BCSO conducted surveillance on May 24 on a suspect vehicle, learning that more break-ins had been reported in that are near the Washington Yacht and Country Club Golf Course. The suspects, BCSO says, didn't return to the vehicle, but the first of three arrests was made hours later. Two more arrests followed.

Christopher Mason, 33, of Washington, was charged with seven counts of felony breaking and entering, eight counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering. David Bunch, 27, and Brandon Manning, 31, both of Washington, were charged with nine counts of felony breaking and entering and nine counts of felony larceny after breaking and entering. Mason and Bunch were arrested by BCSO and Manning was arrested in Pitt County.

Manning's bond was set at $100,000 secured, Mason's was set at $40,000 secured and Bunch had his set at $25,000 secured.

Investigators, during the course of the inquiry, also found items stolen during several break-ins that happened in April in the Rosedale subdivision in Washington.

BCSO said several items believed to have been stolen have not been claimed, including fishing equipment, wake boards, kites, lawn and garden power tools, construction power tools, automotive stereos and GPS systems, PlayStations and camera equipment. Anyone who believes they are missing any of these items should call BCSO at (252) 946-7111 to speak to an investigator in the case.