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Johnston men charged in eastern NC home invasions

Posted May 20, 2016 1:47 p.m. EDT

— Three Johnston County men were arrested Thursday in connection with home invasions in eastern North Carolina in which elderly residents were tied up and robbed, authorities said Friday.

Wenseslao Garcia Rojas Jr., 26, and Willie Roy Garcia Rojas, 25, both of Zebulon, and Dominic Jay Robinson, 33, of Wendell, are each charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of felonious restraint, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of safecracking and two counts of felony conspiracy.

Willie Rojas and Robinson were being held in the Johnston County jail under $1 million bonds, and Wenseslao Rojas, who also was charged with cocaine possession, was being held in the Wake County jail under a $2 million bond.

Homes on U.S. Highway 17 North in Washington and on Possum Hill Road in Bath were robbed on May 9 and May 15, respectively. According to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, the homeowners were asleep when the men broke in, tied them up, forced them to open their safes and took guns, money, jewelry and electronics.

On Thursday, the Zebulon Police Department reported that the Rojas brothers were trying to sell guns that had been stolen in the home invasions, and a search of their home on N.C. Highway 39 turned up other stolen property, authorities said.

The home invasions remain under investigation, and more arrests are possible, authorities said.