Wake deputies charge men took man's ashes during break-in at Penny Road home

rgallagher@newsobserver.comApril 26, 2013 

— Two men arrested last month after, police charged, a Cary woman found them taking items from her house now stand accused ofa January break-in during which a woman's son's ashes were taken.

Wake County sheriff’s deputies said in arrest warrants filed Thursday that the pair broke into a Penny Road home on Jan. 27 and made off with two flat-screen TVs, jewelry, knives “and ashes of the victim’s deceased son.”

Cary police had arrested Stephen Wayne Eggers, 41, and William Anthony Cheatham, 31, both of Raleigh,on March 7 after a woman pulled up at her home on Pink Acres Street and found two men loading goods from her house into a car.

She got the keys from the men’s car, and they were unable to flee before police arrived.

Cary police identified the men as Eggers and Cheatham, accusing them of breaking and entering, burglary, possession of a stolen firearm and other counts.

Raleigh police went to a hotel room where the pair had a room and recovered electronics, jewelry and other goods that they suspected were stolen.

Since then, investigators at various police agencies have filed charges linking Eggers and Cheatham to break-ins and thefts in their jurisdictions.

Bail is set each time they are charged, and Wake County records show Cheatham’s current bail totals $428,000.

Eggers is being held without bail because of a charge that violated probation for an earlier conviction, the records say.

Wake sheriff’s investigators said Friday that the ashes had not yet been recovered, but they were continuing to follow leads in the case.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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