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Police: Neighbor thwarts Wake Forest break-in

Posted June 28

Gerald Ringlbauer

— A 41-year-old Wake Forest man was charged Friday afternoon after police say he broke into a home in the 900 block of Shasta Daisy Drive.

Investigators received a phone call from a resident of the neighborhood at about 2:15 p.m., and when officers arrived they arrested Gerald Ringlbauer without incident.

Ringlbauer, of 6509 Whitier St., is charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. He was in the Wake County jail Friday night.

No information about his bond or a first court date was available. Ringlbauer has a string of previous charges dating back to 2003, including driving while intoxicated, assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree trespassing, felony larceny and felony possession of cocaine.

Wake Forest Police Chief Jeff Leonard said the arrest is a good example of the community working with law enforcement.

"We rely on our citizens to be the eyes and ears of the department and encourage them to call us any time they see something suspicious," he said in a statement. "This case is another example of someone taking the responsibility seriously."

Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity should call the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150. Callers can remain anonymous.

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