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April 6, 2013

Laptop theft leads to drug arrest

A robbery at a Magnolia pizza shop overnight Wednesday sparked a police investigation that led to an arrest involving heroin, steroids and drug paraphernalia Thursday at 5:15 p.m.

Police executed a warrant to search the basement of a Fuller Lane residence where Brook L. Faulkner, 27, lives and found the Toshiba laptop that had been stolen from Tony’s Magnolia House of Pizza, police said, leading to Faulkner’s arrest.

Faulkner told police he had broken a window on the kitchen area of the pizza shop, climbed inside, then took the computer, police said. Later he admitted to having taken coins, which he said he brought to a Coin Star machine to trade for cash, according to the police report.

During the search, police recovered a metal can consistent with one taken from the shop, police said. Police also found heroin, “numerous” needle and syringes, steroids, sodium chloride, and a drug that is typically used to treat advanced breast cancer, but also aids in body building.

Police found a “fresh cut” on Faulkner’s hand between his fingers that police said was “consistent with being cut by a sharp object,” like broken glass.

Faulkner faces a felony charge of breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit larceny of property and while committing malicious damage to property. He also faces new charges of heroin possession and steroid possession.

Police presented the laptop to the business owner who identified it as the stolen computer. Police found a photo file of the restaurant’s menu on the computer too and matched the desktop background to the background described in the initial police report.

Faulkner, who has a history of drug charges, told police he had recently been enrolled in a rehabilitation program, but “slipped up and started using again,” according to the police report.

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