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Police: Would-be intruder gets faceful of firewood

Posted December 27, 2016

Matthew Lawrence Bergstedt

— A man who tried to break into a north Raleigh apartment Monday night was clubbed by someone inside with a piece of firewood, police said.

Matthew Lawrence Bergstedt had been in a relationship with a woman who lived in the apartment in the 6500 block of Shanda Drive, police said, and he kicked in the back door. When a man inside smacked him with the firewood, Bergstedt fled and broke into a vacant apartment nearby, police said.

Bergstedt, 27, of 370 Darius Pearce Road in Youngsville, has been charged with breaking and entering and attempted breaking and entering.


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  • Chris Davis Dec 28, 2016
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    I am sure he just wanted to get warm.

  • Linda Tally Dec 27, 2016
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    I'm really glad to hear this!

  • Sara Hauser Dec 27, 2016
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    Fortunate he wasn't blown to smitherines.

  • Lauren Little Dec 27, 2016
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    Karma came quickly for this guy. Good thing it wasn't my house; firewood would be the least if his worries, some hot lead would be on the menu lol

  • Byrd Ferguson Dec 27, 2016
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    He got what was coming to him...

  • Robin Duff Dec 27, 2016
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    Dang, that might leave a mark.

  • Scott Phelps Dec 27, 2016
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    A fine specimen of a man. His future's so bright he'll have to wear shades..