Wake Forest teen charged for third crime since August.
WAKE FOREST — A break-in at a local residence was foiled last week thanks to an alert neighbor who called the police.
On Friday, Wake Forest Police arrested Stephen Frank Brunner, 19, 1200 Haltwhistle St., and charged him with felony breaking and entering and larceny.
At approximately 12:45 p.m. the police department received a phone call about someone breaking into a house along the 700 block of Sarratt Ridge Court in the Wallridge neighborhood. Officers responded quickly and set up a perimeter around the house.
A K9 officer then announced his presence and intention to release his dog inside the residence. Moments later, Brunner was apprehended after jumping from a window on the side of the house, according to Bill Crabtree, Wake Forest public information officer.
Brunner was transported to the Wake County jail and held on a $15,000 secured bond. His first court appearance was Tuesday.
Brunner also had charges levied against him stemming from an alleged stolen vehicle crack-up involving alcohol, simple possession of a controlled substance and violation of a court order.
On Aug. 18, Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy N.O. Garvey arrested Brunner at 117 Kullana Lane and charged him with felony larceny of a 1994 Honda Civic and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
In October he was charged with underage alcohol consumption, underage driving after consuming, hit and run resulting in property damage, failure to report an accident and reckless driving with wanton disregard.
Police reports list Brunner’s job as a food prep worker at Moe’s.
Police Chief Jeff Leonard applauded the actions of the neighbor who called to report Friday’s break-in.
“We rely on our citizens to be the eyes and ears of the department and encourage them to call us anytime they see something suspicious,” said Leonard.
“We’d rather they call and be wrong than not call and miss the chance to prevent a crime,” he added. “This case is a perfect example of someone taking that responsibility seriously. It also shows how we can all work together to protect our community.”