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Cops: Burglar ate chicken, sipped wine, hid in bed

Posted August 2, 2012

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— A burglar pretended to be asleep when police surrounded the apartment building where an East Carolina University student was hiding during a break-in early Thursday, Greenville police said.

Two women, who WNCT reports are ECU students, told police that a man banged on the door and then broke into a window of their Province Apartment complex home around 1:25 a.m. Police said one woman locked herself in the bathroom, while the other escaped through another window.

Greenville and ECU police officers surrounded the building and got the ECU student safely out of the apartment. When they searched the apartment, the burglar was pretending to be asleep in one of the bedrooms, police said.

ECU student Stephanie Gordy told WNCT that the burglar rummaged through the kitchen, took some chicken and wine from the refrigerator, and told the police who arrested him that he had been invited there.

Derrick Greene, 22, of Greenville, was charged with first-degree burglary and damage to property. He was placed in the Pitt County jail under a $500,000 secured bond.

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  • The Fox Aug 3, 2012

    Well officer, I bought my Chick-Fil-A and was looking for the kiss in.

  • piene2 Aug 3, 2012

    "" He's lucky they weren't armed." -- AtALost

    I know it's hard for a lot of you shoot-em-up, frontier justice types out there, but just because someone is armed doesn't mean they're going to going to go off half-coqued (pun fully intended) (GOLO blocked the correct spelling)and start blasting people.
    davidk_at_unc"

    They would most likely have shot themselves or each other. Than the miscreant would have had the chicken, the wine and the guns.

  • sunshine1040 Aug 3, 2012

    I hope they have a better diet for him in jail like balogona sandwich and water. No tv no phone and no ac then he might get the idea that the taxpayers do not want to support him

  • wayneboyd Aug 3, 2012

    His invitation he read on the doormat., He entered, nobody in sight, he was hungry. He ate fairly well, then checking his government phone realized his next heist wasn't until 4am so he decided to take a nap. I see nothing wrong with this guys MO it makes pretty good sense if you realize this is how he makes his living. Me work?? Don't make me laugh!!!

  • Skywatch_NC Aug 3, 2012

    He crimed, dined and wined.

  • kellypsnll Aug 3, 2012

    He couldn't come up with a better lie than he was invited? I would love to get inside these criminals heads and see what is really going through their minds. It truely boggles my mind.

  • loprestw Aug 3, 2012

    1:25a.m., I guess most of us was in bed sleeping because we had to get up to go to work.

  • RM24 Aug 3, 2012

    That's some good stuff he was on!

  • RM24 Aug 3, 2012

    I know it's hard for a lot of you shoot-em-up, frontier justice types out there, but just because someone is armed doesn't mean they're going to going to go off half-coqued (pun fully intended) (GOLO blocked the correct spelling)and start blasting people.
    davidk_at_unc

    Either way breaking in and coming in thru a window in middle of night is a good way to get shot!

  • not my real name Aug 3, 2012

    maybe he was drunk and thought he was at home....with better food and beverages....like he was dreaming.

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