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Reward Offered For Information About Robbery Suspect

Posted May 23, 2003

— Durham police investigators are looking for a man who was charged almost four years ago with breaking into a home in Duke Forest and stealing a valuable violin and 10 ceremonial Japanese kimonos.

Investigator G.D. Elliott filed charges against Robert Eaton Deberry in September 1999. But Deberry has not yet been arrested.

Investigators learned recently that Deberry might be in the Durham area.

Deberry is charged with breaking into a home on Norwood Avenue and stealing a Stradivarius violin -- which the owners said was worth as much as $500,000 -- and the ceremonial kimonos.

He also was charged with obtaining property by false pretense for selling the violin to a local music repair shop. The owner of the business turned the violin in to police detectives, who then returned the instrument to its owners.

The kimonos have not been found.

Deberry, 30, reportedly frequents the areas of S. Roxboro Street, Summit Street and University Drive.

Anyone with information is asked to call Elliott at

560-1020, ext. 230,

or CrimeStoppers at

683-1200.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.

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