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Cops: Burglar ate chicken, sipped wine, hid in bed

Posted August 2, 2012 9:26 p.m. EDT
Updated August 2, 2012 9:55 p.m. EDT

— A burglar pretended to be asleep when police surrounded the apartment building where an East Carolina University student was hiding during a break-in early Thursday, Greenville police said.

Two women, who WNCT reports are ECU students, told police that a man banged on the door and then broke into a window of their Province Apartment complex home around 1:25 a.m. Police said one woman locked herself in the bathroom, while the other escaped through another window.

Greenville and ECU police officers surrounded the building and got the ECU student safely out of the apartment. When they searched the apartment, the burglar was pretending to be asleep in one of the bedrooms, police said.

ECU student Stephanie Gordy told WNCT that the burglar rummaged through the kitchen, took some chicken and wine from the refrigerator, and told the police who arrested him that he had been invited there.

Derrick Greene, 22, of Greenville, was charged with first-degree burglary and damage to property. He was placed in the Pitt County jail under a $500,000 secured bond.