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Goldsboro man accused of stealing homeowner's copper piping

Posted September 14, 2010

— A Goldsboro man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly stole copper piping from a house, according to police.

Maurice Nathaniel Wilder, of 1507 Catalpa St., is charged with second-degree burglary, larceny and first-degree trespassing.

At approximately 3:14 a.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to N. Audubon Avenue in reference to a breaking and entering in progress.

Dispatchers reported that a black man carrying a black bag and a flashlight was seen coming from under a residence and was being followed by the caller. Officers said they found Wilder covered in dirt with a large canvas bag containing freshly cut copper piping.

Police alerted the homeowner, whose damages and the copper piping were valued at $350. Wilder was placed in the Wayne County Jail under a $30,500 secured bond.


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  • Eastern N.C. Native Sep 14, 2010

    Hatteras girl, you're right. Police do what they can but rely largely on the public to report what they see, and if possible and safe give updated locations on a crime that may be in progress or where the suspect is fleeing. Rolling Along, different crimes and different magistrates generate different bond amounts. I'm satisfied to see this bond, this is an all too frequent crime that needs to be stopped. Maybe this will send a message out to all would be offenders. Of course, we know it won't deter them all.

  • Here is one for ya Sep 14, 2010

    If I find you in or under my house, The coroner will be the next person to see you!

  • hatterasgirl Sep 14, 2010

    Last week on my way home from work, a car stopped and the passenger got out and starting beating the mess out of a guy on a bike. The TWO cars in front of me stopped and put their cars in REVERSE! The guys finally stopped fighting and I was already on the phone with 911. My daughter was behind me she followed the car the guy got back into and I helped the guy on the bike. The other TWO cars just drove away.. I was amazed that people would just drive off. I stayed on the phone with the 911 operator and gave the direction the car was going. They caught the guy that did this but if me and my daughter didn't do something this guy would of just gotten away with this! Citizens have to stand up for what is RIGHT! Good people owe it to each other! I couldn't of driven by that guy on his bike that had just got attacked and not stop, I would want somebody to help me. If you see something please do your part and report it, glad this guy got caught! Your house of mine may of been NEXT!

  • Mugu Sep 14, 2010

    I am glad someone had the guts to follow this perp.

  • jennsells Sep 14, 2010

    BJ2010, This might seem petty to you until you have 10k work of copper pipe stolen from under your house (which happened to my Dad) and you don't have running water until you can get someone out there. For some it is possible to have to wait on an insurance claim IF you have homeowners insurance. The public needs to know this is happening and lock your crawl spaces. Better yet, wait until it is 100 degrees again and come home from work to find your copper fitting from your AC to your house has been cut......this isn't petty.

  • BJ2010 Sep 14, 2010

    WRAL is hitting new lows with even posting this story. This is everyday stuff. And this has to be the highest bond I have seen for this pettiness. He will have his time served before being sentenced. lol

  • NCAries Sep 14, 2010

    Why can't the people that steal go and get a job instead of stealing!!!

    Some would if they could, but they can't so they steal, sell drugs, rob and do whatever it takes to get money. That's what happens when you live in a society where money is more important than people.

  • 6079 SMITH W Sep 14, 2010

    "I PITY THE FOOL that ain't got no sense" Mr T.

  • pwilliamson53 Sep 14, 2010

    Anyone caught stealing from someone should have their hand cut off, if caught again, cut the other hand off. Kill someone, simple you die. Enough of the slaps on the wrists, get serious on the acts of criminals. A person stealing is worthless and trying to live off of someone else, so teach them a lesson. We may have to support them in prison but they won't touch or steal anything while they live. A home owner should have the right to shot to kill no questioned asked. This evil world needs a wake up call to stop this. Prison doesn't seem to effect anyone these days. Give them a serious wake up call and show the criminals we don't play anymore.

  • mad_dash Sep 14, 2010

    Oh you guys just need to leave him alone! I bet he had a bad childhood and all... its not his fault! (j/k)