Police log

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 05:37 PM

Gun thefts reported

DURHAM – As gun sales increase in Durham, gun thefts, too, are on the rise, according to police reports.

A Ruger handgun worth $670 was stolen Jan. 9 from a vehicle in the 6300 block of Herndon Road. Also taken were a Dell laptop computer and computer case.

The next day, a Cobra handgun worth $180 was reported taken from a vehicle in the 500 block of Edinborough Drive.

In other crime:

- Burglars hit a house Thursday in the 5100 block of Autumn Drive and took a 17-inch HP laptop computer and gold ring worth $1,350.

- Three laptop computers and a wireless dongle (adapter) worth $730 were stolen Jan. 8 from a house in the 2900 block of Rochelle Street.

- Tools, a leather coat, GPS unit and Vicodin worth $755 were stolen Jan. 9 from a car in the 4300 block of Waterford Valley Drive.

Thief abruptly interrupts phone call

CHAPEL HILL – A 17-year-old was charged with larceny from person and possession of stolen property after he grabbed an Apple iPhone 4 from a woman talking on the phone at University Square Monday morning.

The teenager ran, but when police officers arrived, they found that several men as well as the 20-year-old victim had caught the teen and were holding him until police arrived.

Police charged Nasir Keshawn Brown, 17, of 359 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. A magistrate set his bond at $500, and he was transported to the Orange County Jail. “We

would advise citizens not to put themselves in harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. “However, we are very appreciative of the citizens who intervened in this case. Their selfless actions helped us take the suspect into custody. I do want to remind citizens that calling 911 is the best safety tip of them all.”

Contact Keith Upchurch at kupchurch@heraldsun.com or 919-419-6612.