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Arrest made in theft of Durham officer's uniform, puppy

Posted May 1, 2014
Updated May 4, 2014

— An 18-year-old was arrested Thursday evening and charged with breaking into a Durham police officer's home where his uniform, Taser, work gear, puppy and other items were taken.

Christopher Reina, of Broad Street, is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony larceny of a dog, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of stolen goods.

Reina is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Most of the officer's police equipment have been recovered. A few uniform shirts and the puppy remain missing. Reina told investigators the dog was given to an unknown family in the parking lot of Beauty World on the 1400 block of Avondale Drive, police said.

Someone broke into the Durham police officer's home Tuesday. Police have not named the officer nor said exactly where the break-in happened. The officer's firearm, badge and radio were not taken.

Investigators are asking for the puppy to be returned. The puppy takes prescribed medication and has been without his medication for three days, said authorities, who added that the family with the puppy is not in trouble nor will they face charges for having the puppy.

The investigation into the burglary is ongoing.


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  • valmantini May 6, 2014


  • moomoo May 2, 2014

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    No--it was not a "highly probable theory".

  • Obamacare returns again May 2, 2014

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    I'm here and you have to admit, it was a highly probable theory. Sometimes the guys just lke to have a little fun on the job.

  • John Smythe May 2, 2014
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    Where are the posters from yesterday with the brilliant idea that the officer's co-workers were the suspects in this crime? I guess they're too busy eating humble pie to make comments today. And how funny is it that under an article that states DPD caught a burglar someone post that DPD "can't a cold"? They were not looking for a cold, they sought a burglar and caught him...and yet people still whine about it.

  • Billy the Kid May 2, 2014

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    Getting a uniform back is more important than your iphone or gps!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 2, 2014

    Listen, this is an 18-year old felon with a rap sheet as long as one's arm. Why is he out of prison? Why has he not already earned the 3 strikes and you're in for life sentence?

    Listen up judges, magistrates and parole boards - THIS HAS TO STOP!!! When someone has been breaking laws this young and for this long, they need to be incarcerated FOREVER, to keep society safe from them until they take their last breath.

    I pray the puppy is ok, but I fear it is not and that he killed it - because why take the dog to begin with, just to turn around and GIVE it to strangers and not keep it or even sell it for $$$?

  • disgusted2010 May 2, 2014

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    Did not take long for the law enforcement haters to show up.

  • disgusted2010 May 2, 2014

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    It is because in NC a person is an adult at 16. At 16 these people are already dangers to society and will kill you quicker than an older criminal because the areas that control reason in the brain are not completely formed. But there is a movement afoot to change the age of adulthood to 18 so these criminals can have two more years to prey on honest citizens.

  • disgusted2010 May 2, 2014

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    It was typical for those two law enforcement haters. They never miss an opportunity to disparage an officer.

  • moomoo May 2, 2014

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    Because you are treated as an adult at age 16 in NC.