ROANOKE RAPIDS, North Carolina (WTVD) -- This crime hit too close for comfort for the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, but it didn't take long for officers to make an arrest.
The apprehension came a day after someone brazenly broke into the police chief's patrol car at his home and stole a rifle and magazines and vest.
On Thursday afternoon, investigators charged Mahkhi Khalil Bynum, 17, of Roanoke Rapids with breaking/entering of a motor vehicle, larceny of firearm, possession of stolen firearm, larceny, and possession of stolen goods.
Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Chuck Hasty reported that sometime between midnight and 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, someone broke into his locked patrol car at his home and made off with his patrol rifle, bulletproof vest and magazines.
The case remains under investigation and police said more arrests are expected.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Roanoke Rapids Police Department's Captain B. Martin at (252) 533-2820, Investigator J.K. Davis at (252) 533-2822 or Halifax County Crime Stoppers at (252) 583-4444.
Halifax County Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards up to $1,000 for information. You can remain anonymous.
Bynum was given a $10,000 bond and a January 3 court date.