Two Charged, Two Sought In Robberies

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From Staff Reports

Two people have been arrested and two more are being sought in connection with three Dollar General Store robberies in Harnett County.

Officials have also indicated the pair may have been involved in similar robberies in neighboring counties.

Brettany Rene Ryals, 19, and Jerry Devon Smith, 28, both of Old Store Road, Dunn, have been arrested on multiple counts of armed robbery.

Wanted are Darius Javon Horton, 25, also of Old Store Road, Dunn, and Shurod Jacob Rankin, 23, of Fayetteville.

In addition to armed robbery, all are facing multiple counts of kidnapping, conspiracy, larceny, possession of stolen goods and breaking and entering.

Mr. Rankin and Mr. Smith are both facing additional charges of possession of a firearm by a felon.

They are the suspects in three armed robberies of Dollar Generals in Harnett County on Sept. 25 on N.C. 87, same place on Oct. 30 and another one on U.S. 401 South in Bunnlevel on Nov. 14, Harnett County Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Huber said.

In addition, Ms. Ryals is alleged to have broken into Robert’s Jewelry in Dunn during Hurricane Matthew, Dunn Police Detective Jeff Honeycutt said.

Ms. Ryals currently remains in the Sampson County Detention Center with a secured bond of $500,000. She was arrested by Sampson deputies. She is scheduled to appear in Harnett County court Friday in Lillington.

According to the Sampson County inmate population report, Ms. Ryals was charged on Nov. 23 See Robberies, Page 3A

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by Sampson County officials with accessory after the fact and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

At the same time, she was also charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon by Johnston County.

Mr. Smith was booked into the Johnston County Detention Center twice within the last two weeks. Both times were on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

He was initially placed in the facility on Nov. 29 and again on Dec. 4. The second time he was booked into the jail by deputies from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a spokesperson for the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Tammy Amaon, detectives there have not made any arrests regarding the Dollar General store robberies that have taken place in Johnston County.

She also told The Daily Record detectives have changed the status of the case as inactive. She said detectives followed a lead they received in the case, but it failed to produce a suspect and they were closing the case.

According to public records, Mr. Smith currently sits in the Johnston County Detention Center without bond.

A statement from Sampson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Marcus Smith cited an ongoing investigation and didn’t comment further.

Police are continuing efforts to locate Mr. Horton and Mr. Rankin — both men are considered to be armed and dangerous.

If you have information on their locations, contact the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 893-9111.

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