Raleigh police: Man broke in, stole Pomeranian, stole car

April 28, 2014 

— Police suspect that Nikita Lequan Gist Jr., 24, broke into a woman’s apartment on Sunday night with the intent to commit felony “larceny of dog,” an arrest warrant states.

Police also allege he stole a car that day.

Gist, of 3212 Bellenden Place, entered the apartment building on the 2500 block of Torquay Crossing at about 8:30 p.m., according to the warrant. Public records don’t say whether Gist knows the woman who lives in the apartment.

Once inside, Gist “willfully and feloniously did steal, take and carry away a dog,” the arrest warrant states. The dog is described as a brown Pomeranian mix named Levi, belonging to the apartment’s inhabitant.

Gist also is charged with stealing a 1997 Ford Expedition belonging to the same victim, an arrest warrant states.

Gist was arrested at about 8:20 a.m. Monday, the day after the reported crime. He faces felony charges of larceny of dog and larceny of motor vehicle and a charge of second-degree burglary. The second-degree burglary charge often is assessed in cases where the victim wasn’t home at the time of the suspected crime.

Gist was held Monday night at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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