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Rocky Mount officer, police cadet charged in gun theft

Posted May 13, 2011 2:51 p.m. EDT

— A Rocky Mount police officer and a police cadet have been charged with breaking into a vehicle in Greenville and stealing a gun, authorities said Friday.

David Ryan Christman, 25, of 3206 Sunset Ave. in Rocky Mount, and Marvin Joshua Cobb, 25, of 3018 Northridge Drive in Rocky Mount, were charged with breaking and entering of a vehicle, larceny of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.

Christman is an officer with the Rocky Mount Police Department, and Cobb is a student in Basic Law Enforcement Training, authorities said.

Pitt County deputies learned that a stolen Benelli Nova 12-gauge pump-action shotgun was pawned Wednesday at a Greenville pawn shop. The gun was stolen in a 2007 vehicle break-in, authorities said.

They later traced the gun to Christman and Cobb, who were both living in Greenville at the time of the break-in, authorities said.