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Man arrested after Wayne County barn break-in

Posted December 18, 2012

— A 19-year-old Goldsboro man was charged Tuesday in connection with a robbery at a barn, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputies responded to a call Tuesday of a suspicious person near Bridge Drive and found Joseph Lee Gurganus Jr. walking on Capps Bridge Road. Deputies said they patted down the suspect and found stolen property on him and on the ground nearby.

Gurganus allegedly admitted to breaking into a barn, and the victim identified the stolen property. The property was returned, and Gurganus was arrested.

He was charged with second-degree burglary, felony larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, misdemeanor breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods.

He was held in the Wayne County jail under a $25,000 bond.


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  • puzzled Dec 18, 2012

    Barns are used for storage (in some areas people called storage buildings barns). There is a lot of valuable stuff stored in these barns. Thieves will steal anything they can resale quickly for quick money. Copper from anything, anything metal, tools, etc. Now, think about all the valuables in your storage facilities.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 18, 2012

    dude..at least try stealing a tractor so you don't have to end up walking down the road. I mean c'mon...

  • PracticalMagick Dec 18, 2012

    Wow...Rural crime at it's finest. I really have to write home about this. ;) My big city cousins won't believe this.

  • Reader X Dec 18, 2012

    Maybe toting a saddle down the road with no horse gave him away.

  • Scubagirl Dec 18, 2012

    what CAN you say....he robbed a BARN and the items fit in his POCKET.......really?????????

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 18, 2012

    Robbery at a barn... I was gonna comment on this story, but for the life of me I'm at a loss of words. Let's just say this one should appear on some kind of T.V. show where the criminals ain't so smart.