Restaurateur: Surveillance camera bashed during break-in

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NEW BERN - The owner of a local pizzeria says he is the latest victim in a series of break-ins in Craven County.

Douglas Savage, the owner of Savage Brick Burning Pizzeria on Trent Road in New Bern, says someone broke into his restaurant around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Nothing was taken, but Savage says the damage is extensive.  He says the thieves destroyed a fake surveillance camera, shut off the hot water, ripped out two A/C units and a meter and sprayed the meter box with water.

"This is my life, this store is my baby, and to know somebody might be in my store really is hurtful," said Savage.

Savage says while the alarms sounded, the thieves got to the cash register.  But he says they left the restaurant with nothing because they couldn't get the register open.

New Bern Police say two other stores were also vandalized, including J&W's Pawn on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard where the owner says wood was chipped away from the back door and a bar was yanked off the meter.  The Break Away Bistro on Glenburnie Drive was also hit. Savage says they all were hit within an hour of each other.

The manager of the theater on Neuse Boulevard says his business was burglarized Sunday morning as well. He says the thieves made off with a flat screen TV and candy and broke the front door.

Investigators do not believe the break-ins are connected.

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