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Durham man faces new charge in open-house thefts

Posted March 8, 2012

Peter Schieffelin Nyberg
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— A Durham man accused of stealing jewelry from homes in Cary and Apex during real estate open houses now faces an additional charge in Raleigh.

Peter Schieffelin Nyberg, 47, of 155 Montrose Drive, was charged Wednesday with one count of misdemeanor larceny for allegedly stealing a gold bracelet from a Raleigh home.

Nyberg was arrested last week on five felony larceny charges in connection with the theft last month of more than $25,000 worth of jewelry and silverware from three homes in Apex's Scott Mill and Walden Creek subdivisions and two around High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary.

Raleigh police said those arrests led to the misdemeanor charge.

A real estate agent told investigators that Nyberg fled from a home she was showing after she found him going through drawers in the master bedroom, and he dropped a number of pieces of jewelry on the front lawn as he left.

Nyberg was being held in the Wake County jail Thursday morning under a $75,500 bond.

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  • Minxi23 Mar 9, 2012

    Looks like WRAL left out info that they had posted yesterday regarding this article. Yesterday, the article said that he filed for bankruptcy, his business was closed down, and he is divorced with two kids. So, he probably isn't as wealthy as he used to be. Shame on him for stealing.

  • ncgayatheist Mar 8, 2012

    Getting caught stealing is like "quality control" for thieves. If you get caught, you obviously are not slick enough to be a pro. He needs more practice.

  • TriangleMommy Mar 8, 2012

    Stonky - so by your logic only poor people steal? Some of the biggest crocks and thieves were very wealthy. The more money one has the more likely they are to be greedy for even more. human nature

  • eyeoneastsky Mar 8, 2012

    He owns a business @ 2727 University Drive in Durham and the property is worth $380,000. This man has no excuse for stealing.
    You can look him up on the tax application search- Durham County Tax office.

  • eyeoneastsky Mar 8, 2012

    This man owns property and has a business in Durham!!!!

  • stonky Mar 8, 2012

    Westernwake...hes more of an example of a poor person

  • Alexia.1 Mar 8, 2012

    How corporate execs think? No. He's a man apparently down on his luck and turning to crime like so many others who steal.

  • westernwake1 Mar 8, 2012

    This man is a prime example of how corporate execs think.