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Durham man gets five years in prison for open-house thefts

Posted May 19, 2014

Peter Schieffelin Nyberg
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— A Wake County judge on Monday sentenced a Durham man to at least five years in prison for stealing jewelry from real estate open houses two years ago in Cary and Apex.

Peter Schieffelin Nyberg, 49, was arrested March 2, 2012, after investigators said he stole more than $25,000 worth of jewelry and silverware from homes in February 2012.

A jury found Nyberg guilty Friday of seven counts of felony larceny.

Real estate agents testified at his trial that Nyberg seemed professional and polished at the open houses and did not elicit any suspicion at the time.

At the time of the crimes, the former business owner has been on probation for failing to pay state income taxes.

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  • Obamacare returns again May 19, 2014

    Who knows what else this guy did while wandering around homes unsupervised. :O

  • rougemontredneck May 19, 2014

    you can not trust ANYONE!

  • Nan Toppin May 19, 2014
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    hope it was worth it.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 19, 2014

    "Real estate agents testified at his trial that Nyberg seemed professional and polished at the open houses and did not elicit any suspicion at the time."

    First of all, who leaves valuables in the house when their home is going to be an Open House, and
    Secondly, you mean the real estate agents don't accompany open house visitors around the home?

    Well gee, all that lame negligence sounds like an open invitation to steal, doesn't it.

    Still, blessed they got the guy. Now give him more than what seems to be the normal nowadays "slap on the hand".

  • Wacky_dood May 19, 2014

    I hope he enjoys his "vacation".