US, Confederate money found after woman foils burglary by taking car keys

rgallagher@newsobserver.comMarch 18, 2013 

— Police found electronics, jewelry, a pistol and Confederate money among other items when they searched a hotel room and a car following a house break-in earlier this month, according to search warrants returned to the Wake County Superior Court clerk’s office.

The break-in was going on when the woman pulled up at her home on Pink Acres Street on March 7, Det. James A. Grier explained in requesting a warrant to search a Ford Taurus that police had towed from her driveway.

“The victim exited her car, observed the door to her residence open and then looked into the vehicle and observed property that belong to her and her husband,” Grier said. “The victim reached into the burgundy Ford Taurus and turned the engine off and took the keys to the vehicle with her.”

The first Cary police officer to arrive arrested William Anthony Cheatham, 31, of Raleigh outside the house.

Officers arrested Stephen Wayne Eggers, 41, of Raleigh a few hours later in a grocery store.

When police learned that one of the pair had rented a room at an Extended Stay America on Wake Town Drive in Raleigh, they searched it and recovered electronics, jewelry, cameras, DVDs, knives, prescription medicines and other items, according to a search warrant made public Friday.

In the Taurus, the other search warrant reports, they found a 9 mm revolver and a pillow case that held money, jewelry and jewelry boxes.

The woman told officers that she had seen a pillow case that was hers on the floor of the car.

They also found Confederate money, watches, a Nintendo case holding narcotics, syringes, brass knuckles and a North Carolina license tag among other items, Grier wrote in the warrant.

A handgun and a shotgun were taken from the house, the woman told police.

The men in the house had been piling up goods to load into the car when they realized they’d been seen and ran to the car to flee, only to find the keys were gone, police said.

Eggers was being held in the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $110,000 bail. Cary police charged him with for burglary, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon and felony conspiracy. Raleigh police also charged him with assault with a deadly weapon, felony breaking and entering and larceny.

Cheatham was being held in lieu of $145,000 bail on the same charges from Cary police and the same Raleigh charges, which were added March 11.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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