The Pamlico County Sheriff's Office charged a man for allegedly breaking into his parents' home, which caught fire after the burglary.
Authorities said the home, located on 92 Miller Road in Oriental, was a total loss from the fire, which was reported just before 2:00 a.m. Monday. According to deputies, the homeowners, James and Barbara Trull, were not home at the time. But two cats inside were killed.
Investigators said 22-year-old Adrian Trull, the son of the homeowners, stole TVs, tools, and other equipment from the home and a camper. According to deputies, Trull admitted to the thefts.
Trull was charged with three counts of felony breaking and entering and larceny and one count of second degree burglary. The stolen items were recovered at several pawn shops in the New Bern area and a residence near Oriental.
Investigators said the fire was caused by an electrical short, resulting from damage done when a TV was unplugged and other electronic items were partially unplugged at a power strip.