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Police recover some items stolen from Garner restaurateur; 17-year-old charged

Posted December 12, 2014

Angie Mikus, a Garner restaurateur widely known for offering a hot meal to those in need and a friendly smile to all, recently was the victim of a home burglary.

— Police have charged a 17-year-old in connection with a break-in that happened two days after Thanksgiving at the home of a Garner restaurant owner known for generosity.

Angie Mikus was at her establishment – Angie's Restaurant on Garner Road – Nov. 29 when someone broke into her home across town and stole a PlayStation, a laptop, a necklace, a house phone, a camera and 10 years' worth of photos stored on SIM memory cards.

Darrish Lawrence was arrested Wednesday in connection with the crime. He was charged with possession of stolen property, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling used for keeping and selling controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Garner detectives recovered Mikus' laptop, PlayStation 3 games, memory cards, a camera case with Nikon charger, duffle bag and assorted jewelry.

Mikus posted on Facebook that she recovered most of her items.

"The best part is they were able to get my picture cards back," she wrote. "I couldn't be more grateful for all the love and support I've received during this whole ordeal."

Garner police said other recent break-ins in Mikus' neighborhood are still under investigation.

"I'm not the only one who has been burglarized, but I may be the only one who gets the opportunity to speak broadly about it," Mikus said on Facebook. "This community is better than this, it's closer than places where this usually happens."


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  • Craig Elliott Dec 12, 2014
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    Thank you Garner PD!

  • Bernadette Dan Unger Dec 12, 2014
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    Um......I have a SIM card in my trail cam and in my regular camera, so why not??

  • Raging Bull Dec 12, 2014

    Did someone turn the guy in for the reward?

  • Edward Levy Dec 12, 2014
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    poor parenting? Me thinks not. We keep on blaming parents. This felon should know better. Prison time will do him good.

  • geraniumposey Dec 12, 2014

    Poor parenting. A teenager should have been taught better.

  • David Collins Dec 12, 2014
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    It's nice to hear every now then someone that was robbed gets their property back. I wish Angie a happy Christmas.

  • sinenomine Dec 12, 2014

    Seventeen year olds are in some cases literally one day away from being eighteen year olds. I see no reason to treat them differently. As a practical matter this defendant, if he has no record, will likely be given a break anyway but basing his punishment solely on his age makes little sense to me. If he's making that poor of decisions at age 17 he likely was also doing so at 16 and still will be doing so at 18.

  • Rod Runner Dec 12, 2014
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    Photos can't be stored on SIM cards. SIM cards authorize phones on GSM networks, no user files are stored on them. I know I'm pedantic, maybe, but technical details should be correct in articles.

  • mjkmj Dec 12, 2014

    I am so happy for her. Maybe the kid will turn his life around after this. There is still time for him.

  • K Hope Capps Dec 12, 2014
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    Glad Angie's stuff was recovered. I hope she and her family and not traumatized by this incident.
    I love breakfast at Angie's!