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Three charged in Chapel Hill pharmacy burglary

Posted April 23, 2009

— Officers responding to an alarm at a Chapel Hill drug store early Thursday arrested three people, including two North Carolina State University students, whom they suspect of breaking in the store.

One suspect, Tamyka Marie Steinbeck, 19, of 2296 Hopewell Church Road in Catawba, was found behind the Rite Aid in the Eastgate Shopping Center looking up toward the roof, Chapel Hill Police Department spokesman Lt. Kevin Gunter said.

Police: Drugs motive for Rite Aid burglary Police: Drugs motive for Rite Aid burglary

Police found Jacob Howard Lockerman, 18, of 706 Petterson St. in Clinton, and Christopher Proctor, 18, of 311 Williford Road in Ahoskie, inside the store.

Gunter said the suspects had bagged up large quantities of prescription drugs. Officers also found a handgun inside the pharmacy after the 4 a.m. break-in.

The suspects were each charged with felony breaking and entering, damage to real property, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of burglary tools.

Lockerman also was charged with possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

The three suspects had attended the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham. Steinbeck and Proctor are freshmen biochemistry majors at North Carolina State University.

All three were in the Orange County jail Thursday. Bond for Steinbeck and Proctor was set at $10,000, and Lockerman was under a $20,000 bond.

Police are still investigating a November break-in at the same store, in which the suspects also got in through a vent on the roof. They said it was too early to tell if the cases are connected.


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  • redbull Apr 24, 2009

    I am certainly not calling them angels and I am not blaming pediatricians. We all have people we know that make mistakes and these three are no different. Drug abuse is a problem and they need help. They don't have a history of violent crimes, the ones they hurt are themselves. Yes, Lockerman was carrying a gun and I wonder why, but none of these three are people to be scared of. They are three intelligent people that have become a part of the drug culture. It starts at a young age now with many children being prescribed various drugs. For people with addictive tendencies it can eventually have devastating effects; like breaking into a Rite Aid to steal pills. These are regular kids that are mixed up in drugs and drugs can make you do things you should not. Two college students and another highly intelligent kid; just because they screwed up does not make them unintelligent. Dogman you do not know them. Don't rip on their parents nor them. They didn't do anything to you.

  • NotFromHere Apr 24, 2009

    "These are actually three nice people. They made a mistake." - redbull.

    Yeah right, they made more than one mistake. All three of them have pending drug or stolem property charges pending in other counties already. These are no angels.

  • haggis basher Apr 24, 2009

    "These are actually three nice people. They made a mistake.
    Nice fools perhaps and no kidding! With a gun involved, large quantities etc they are going to jail.......for years.

  • dogman1973 Apr 24, 2009

    redbull--"This shows the problem with prescription drugs being given to children at a young age." Are you serious? Let's now blame pediatricians for doping the future! This is laughable! The problem is that their parents didn't parent and these young adults have no personal responsibility!

  • unc_student Apr 23, 2009

    I went to high school with Jacob. He got kicked out of NCSSM once for marijuana possession. sad thing is, he's super smart, comes from a well-to-do family, and had a lot of potential

  • TeresaBee Apr 23, 2009

    How could such smart people be so dumb. What a shame.

  • Common Sense Man Apr 23, 2009

    ""Steinbeck and Proctor are freshmen biochemistry majors at North Carolina State University"

    --used to be. I have a feeling they will not be asked back."

    This isn't Steinbeck's first arrest.

  • redbull Apr 23, 2009

    This shows the problem with prescription drugs being given to children at a young age. It has little to do with illegal drugs. This is the same thing that occurs at liquor stores on occasion. It should be looked upon the same way. The drugs you can get at Rite Aid are just as dangerous and addictive, if not more, than anything you can get on the street.

  • redbull Apr 23, 2009

    These are actually three nice people. They made a mistake. They know that. I'm sure they are not concerned about their status at State either. NCSSM at work.

  • clintoflannagan Apr 23, 2009

    The Rocket Surgery Department at NCSU is very strict. I doubt those two will be allowed to continue their studies. What a shame.