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Man charged in B&Es of school, thrift store

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From staff reports

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Elizabeth City police have arrested a local man and charged him in connection with the recent break-ins of a school and a nonproft and the attempted break-in of a business.

James Philip Wanzer, 33, whose last known address was the 1500 block of Emerald Lake Apartments, Elizabeth City, is charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of damage to personal property and three counts of injury to real property, according to Officer Lamont Butts, a spokesman for the police department.

Butts said Wanzer was arrested Thursday. The arrest came hours after police investigated a burglar alarm call just before midnight Tuesday at the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 600 North Road Street.

According to Butts, police viewing security camera footage were able to link Wanzer to not only the Salvation Army break-in but a break-in at Sheep-Harney Elementary School and an attempted break-in at Tarheel Internal Medicine at 1134 North Road Street.

Butts didn’t say when the break-in at Sheep-Harney occurred or if anything was taken. A police incident report indicates the attempted break-in at Tarheel Internal Medicine was reported Wednesday. The report indicates that someone using a blunt object tried to pry open a door to the business.

Wanzer is being held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $27,500 secured bond.

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