An Elizabethtown man has been charged for breaking in to three homes, Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said. In two of the cases, residents were asleep in the homes at the time of the break-ins.Steven Robert Boyne, 26, of Hill Street, was arrested Friday, May 22 and charged with three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of first degree burglary, and one count each of breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. All are felony charges. Boyne was taken to Bladen County Jail and placed under a $175,000 bond.
The investigation began after officers were called to a home on Queen Court on Wednesday, May 20 for a report of break-in, Kinlaw said. The next night, May 21, officers were called to homes on Summerhouse Street and Hill Street about break-ins. Kinlaw said people were at home asleep during the break-ins May 21.
Televisions, medication, jewelry and silver flatware were among the items reported stolen, Kinlaw said. The jewelry and flatware were recovered from where Boyne sold it, Kinlaw said. The televisions were found in Boyne’s possession.