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Residents dead bolt doors after string of robberies near NCSU campus

Posted July 19

— A man accused of four break-ins and one attempted break-in at apartments near the North Carolina State University campus appeared in court Wednesday.

Authorities say Harry Bolling, 23, broke into three apartments last month, and an additional two apartments this week.

Andy Barrette said he wasn't home when Bolling broke into his apartment, but his roommates were there.

"Nothing like this has ever happened here, so it was disturbing because I felt so much worse for Lauren because she and Joe basically encountered this person," Barrette said.

According to investigators, the suspect put his hand over the mouth of Barrette’s female roommate to keep her quiet.

"The yelling happened again, so I basically came out and saw a man coming from the room," said Joe Zhou, Barrette's roommate.

In addition to the nine charges related to the break-ins, Bolling is accused of physically assaulting three women. Authorities said only a few items were stolen during the break-ins, but that the victims were robbed of their sense of security.

"We were kind of lax about locking the door before," said Barrette. "We'd lock it when we got home at night, but we would kind of leave it unlocked during the day. Now, we always dead bolt it."

Bolling is being held under a $300,000 bond.


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  • Tonya Willett Jul 20, 11:50 a.m.
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    I'm kind of glad college students aren't armed. Seems like a lot more harm could come from that age group carrying then good.

  • Jim Halbert Jul 20, 10:26 a.m.
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    Not if you're Normal Lewis, sitting at home, .45 in hand at all times, always on high alert for any intruder/terrorist/muslim, unlike those liberal sheep dying in droves every day from living "care free" and "not paranoid" like the fools they are.

  • Kevin Stewart Jul 20, 7:34 a.m.
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    I don't think most people wait for crimes to spike in their communities before they use the deadbolt...it is a shame you have to but is the norm these days

  • Arthur Raleigh Jul 20, 4:33 a.m.
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    No, most people cannot protect themselves with a gun because you are not forewarned of attack. This is why most shootings are either mistaken identity or accidental

  • Norman Lewis Jul 20, 2:02 a.m.
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    The Liberals in the area I'm sure don't believe in violence and think the Police will protect them. I would rather have a .45 in my hand than trust the Police would be able to make it to my house in time to stop a criminal who is at my door. If the first homeowner he violated had placed a third eye in this wannabe's forehead, no one else would have ever been at risk.