Just because you are a victim of a burglary doesn’t mean you can’t aid in the bad guys’ capture. Thanks to a smart property owner, who wrote down the serial number to his gaming system, Sampson County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to track down the man they suspect of committing the crime.
According to SCSO Lt. Marcus Smith, investigators arrested 25-year-old Carlton DeWayne Bratten Jr. after tracing the serial numbers of a stolen gaming system to the Game Stop where Bratten allegedly sold the system and other items reportedly snatched in other burglaries.
Bratten is accused of several break-ins, which deputies say took place on Bonnetesville Road, Old Drag Strip Road, Panhandle Road, New Hope Church Road and Hobbton Highway.
“Upon investigation, it was discovered the same suspect was responsible for selling other items that had been previously reported stolen from other reported break-ins in Sampson County,” Smith said. “This information was useful in aiding investigators in solving additional break-ins.”
After obtaining a search warrant, investigators searched Bratten’s home at 3755 Roseboro Highway on Dec. 5 and discovered additional stolen property, including three stolen firearms in his vehicle, according to Smith.
All of the recovered items helped tie the suspect to other crimes in a neighboring county, according to a release from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office.
“One of the stolen firearms was reported stolen out of Johnston County,” Smith said. “This aided investigators there in solving numerous reported break-ins that had occurred in Johnston County.”
Bratten is charged with nine counts of breaking and entering, eight counts of larceny after breaking and entering and eight counts of possession of stolen goods.
Smith said additional charges are pending. Bratten was booked into the Sampson County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond.