A man and a woman are in the Wilkes County Jail on charges resulting from five break-ins, theft of a pickup and other thefts this month.
Brandon Michael Perry, 22, of Timber Ridge Road, Hays, and Tamra Marie Johnson, 21, of Community Road, Purlear, confessed to several of the crimes they are charged with committing, according to Wilkes Sheriff’s Office incident reports.
Deputies said Perry and Johnson were taken into custody after they were found in a camper on Cabin Creek Road in Hays on the morning of Oct. 14. Perry has a $133,500 secured bond and Johnson has a $30,000 bond.
Deputy Grant Cothren said Perry and Johnson admitted to breaking into the camper, which belongs to Johnny Henry Billings of McGrady. They’re charged with felony breaking and entering, possession of methamphetamine and possession of non-tax paid liquor in this incident.
Deputy Chuck Brinegar said the two confessed to breaking into Walnut Grove Baptist Church on Cabin Creek Road in Hays. According to an incident report, a 100-foot-long drop cord, church mission pocket planner and three sets of church keys were taken when the church was broken into sometime between Oct. 6 and 14.
Brinegar said Perry and Johnson also confessed to breaking into a storage building at Victory Baptist Church on St. Clair Road in Hays. An incident report said this occurred between Oct. 6 and 14. Nothing was taken.
Brinegar said Perry and Johnson confessed to breaking into a house on Longbottom Road in McGrady and then stealing a hunting jacket, matching overalls, rubber boots, camp vest, hoodie, black electrical tape, rechargeable flashlight and other items sometime between Oct. 6 and 11. The house and property belong to Bart Mathis of Cove Creek Drive, North Wilkesboro.
Perry and Johnson are charged with stealing a Kubota front mower and tree pruners from a house on Longbottom Road in Hays, as well as with breaking into the house, between Oct. 8 and 11. This house and property also belong to Bart Mathis. Deputies went to the hunting cabin after Mathis called and requested a security check there.
Deputy Evan Dudley reported that on Oct. 14 Perry and Johnson confessed to stealing a 2001 Toyota Tundra from a location on Oak Ridge Church Road in Hays on Oct. 7. The victim was listed as Ronda Lee Miller of Forest Glen Lane, Wilkesboro.
Dudley reported that the pickup was found on Oct. 10 at the cemetery at Walnut Grove Baptist Church after someone reported seeing a white Toyota Tundra pickup there.