Students relieved by arrest of suspect in NCSU apartment break-in
Posted August 9, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina State University police said Friday they have charged a man in connection with a break-in last month at Western Manor Apartments off Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh.
Kelvin Bethea, 46, of Raleigh, is charged with first-degree burglary and felony larceny in the July 23 break-in at Western Manor Apartments. A student told officers he awoke at 6 a.m. to find a stranger standing at the foot of his bed and rifling through his belongings. The man stole a cellphone before leaving.
"We don't expect that to happen here, but when it does, it does get our attention," said student Buddy Whitmire.
Fellow student Aaron Picart praised campus security for spreading the word. "The campus police and security here are good about keeping us informed."
N.C. State police said they worked with Raleigh police on the investigation and determined Bethea was a suspect. They are looking into whether he may be connected to other break-ins in the area.
Whitmore called the arrest great news.
Bethea was already being held at the Wake County Detention Center on a parole violation when he was charged Friday. He was placed under an additional $175,000 secured bond.