Guilford County sheriff's deputies have charged a 29-year-old man in connection with multiple break-ins in Summerfield.
On Aug. 22, deputies arrested Ryan Scott Ellis of Greensboro on 41 charges. Investigators believe Ellis was responsible for at least five burglaries that happened from July 26 until Aug. 9 in the Summerfield area.
Detectives recovered more than $30,000 in jewelry from local pawn shops and $40,000 worth of jewelry from Ellis' home during their investigation. Some of the recovered material led investigators to victims who didn't know they'd been burglarized, according to Det. M.B. Stewart of the sheriff's office.
Guilford County investigators first became aware of Ellis in June 2016, when he was caught trying to break into a Summerfield home, Stewart said.
"He was trying to break into someone's house using a screwdriver on a back window," Stewart said. "He was arrested on felony breaking and entering, but a judge reduced the charge to a misdemeanor."
That arrest put Ellis on detectives' radar, Stewart said.
Deputies approached Ellis on Aug. 9 in connection with the recent burglaries and felt they'd gathered enough evidence to charge him late in the month. During the search of his home, deputies not only found more stolen property, but narcotics, Stewart said. Investigators concluded their investigation of Ellis on Sept. 1. They believe he may be connected with break-ins in Forsyth and Rockingham counties.
According to online jail records, Ellis faces 15 counts of obtaining property by false pretense, 11 counts of possession of controlled substances, six counts of breaking and entering, six counts of larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of identification theft and a count of possession of stolen property.
Ellis remains in the county jail in Greensboro with his bond set at $270,000. His next court date is Sept. 20.