2 arrested, 1 sought for spree of break-ins in Winston-Salem

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Connor Owen Sebastian, Ashley Nicole Vansutphen and James Thomas Mullins III (left to right)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested two suspects and are searching for a third in connection with a spree of break-ins to Winston-Salem businesses.

More than a dozen businesses have been targeted by thieves within the last seven days in the vicinity of Stratford Road and Hawthorne Road.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday, officers encountered Connor Owen Sebastian, 22, and Ashley Nicole Vansutphen, 20, both of Winston-Salem, near Arthur’s Café.

Officers discovered that a break-in had just occurred at the business and after a brief foot pursuit both suspects were taken into custody without further incident.

Vansutphen is charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering in connection with the incident at Arthur’s Café. She is also charged with resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vansutphen is currently being held in the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center under an $11,000 secured bond.

Sebastian is charged with felony breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the incident at Arthur’s Café. Additionally, Sebastian has been charged with felony breaking and entering in connection with an incident that occurred at Terry’s Gold Mine, felony breaking and entering in connection with an incident that occurred at the Olive Tree Deli, felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering in connection with an incident that occurred at Sakura Restaurant and felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering in connection with an earlier incident that occurred at Jackson’s Music. Sebastian is currently being held in the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center under a $51,000 secured bond.

Authorities have also obtained a warrant for arrest charging 22-year-old James Thomas Mullins III with felony breaking and entering and laraceny after breaking and entering in connection with the break-in at Jackson’s music.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mullins is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700.

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