Over the next several hours, deputies developed a lead directing them to Donald Brown and Larry Brown, brothers who live in North Wilkesboro. Donald Brown admitted to having some of the stolen money and using it to buy drugs for himself and his brohter. Dwight Brown denied involvement. However, when the two were separated, the story started to change. Dwight implicated a third man for the break-in--an unknown black male he called "Fifty-Cent." Meanwhile, his brother told sheriff deputies where the gun was, and with the help of the Winston-Salem police department, they recovered it. However, the money had been taken to a flea market in Yadkin county, and by the time deputies there retrieved it from the coin dealer's booth, some of it had already changed hands.
Both Brown brothers were arrested on charges of breaking and entering, and of theft.