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Arrest made in break-ins at pharmacy and downtown shop

By Elizabeth Bynum
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:46:26 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 30 2013 09:34:19 AM CST
CRAVEN COUNTY -

New Bern Police have made an arrest in a break-in investigation involving two businesses.

On January 24th, both Tom's Coins & Antiques on Middle Street in New Bern and the Realo Drugs on Bridge Town Blvd. in Bridgeton were broken into.  Nothing was taken from the shop downtown, but prescription medication was taken from the Realo.

Police arrested Benjamin Krauz; his vehicle was located during the crime scene search, according to a news release.  Krauz was charged with two counts of breaking & entering, two counts of injury to real property, and larceny after breaking & entering.  Police said the investigation continues and more arrests are pending.

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Early Thursday morning two break-ins were reported to New Bern Police.

The first was at Tom's Coins & Antiques on Middle Street in downtown New Bern. The bandits shattered the front door of the shop and barged inside.

"It's a pretty sick feeling when you walk up and see your front door blown out," said Tom Faulkenberry, owner of Tom's Coins & Antiques.

Glass was found as far as 50 feet inside the building from the front door. But aside from the glass, nothing was disturbed in the shop.  Surveillance video shows the would-be burglars left in under a minute, after they discovered the main cases holding the most valuable items had been stored in a safe for the night.

"They went directly to the coin cases, which we empty every night. I've been emptying them for 35 years and will continue to empty them now. We've done it 9,000 times and the 9,001st finally paid off." said Faulkenberry.

Faulkenberry says his store has never been broken into before, but he has taken numerous security measures. He has not one, but 16 surveillance cameras and an alarm system. He says he's glad the preventative measures worked to help protect his store.

The coin shop wasn't the only location that was busted into in the middle of the night. The Realo in Bridgeton also reported a shattered front door.

According to a manager on duty, the culprits stole some prescription medication before fleeing the scene.

The bandits have not been identified yet, but New Bern police are using the surveillance video obtained at Faulkenberry's store in the search.

If you have any information, please call CrimeStoppers at (252)-633-5141.