Durham cop’s puppy still missing; second man charged in break-in at officer’s home

From staff reportsMay 5, 2014 


— A second man is facing charges in a break-in at a police officer's home and the theft of the officer's puppy.

Jorge Flores Benitez, 19, who lives in Wendell, is charged with three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of larceny after breaking in, two conspiracy charges, theft of a dog, possession of stolen property and probation violation.

The puppy, which needs prescription medicine it had been taking, has not been found yet, and police are offering a $350 reward for its safe return.

Durham County Jail records show Benitez was arrested last Thursday, two days after the break-in at the officer’s home and the theft of uniforms, a Taser stun gun, other police equipment and personal property.

The officer’s gun, badge, radio and photo identification were not taken.

Benitez also is charged in a March 26 burglary at a home on Glengary Court, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Sunday.

He was being held in lieu of $300,000 bail in the Durham County jail and is next due in court May 22.

Christopher Alexander Reina, 18, of Broad Street in Durham also is charged in the burglary at the policeman’s home.

Reina told police he gave the puppy to a family in a parking lot on Avondale Drive, and police are trying to find those people, who are in no trouble.

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