Baseball bat wielding suspect wrecks home

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 28, 2006

WINDSOR – A baseball bat is designed to hit things other than a baseball.

That fact is apparently what happened here Wednesday on Grabtown Road.

Barry Maurice Purvis, 22, of Williamston was arrested and charged with two felonies and a pair of misdemeanors following a break-in of a residence.


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Bertie Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Ed Pittman charged Purvis with one felony count each of breaking and entering and larceny. Purvis was also charged with injury to real property and personal property, both misdemeanors.

Purvis was jailed under a $7,500 secured bond.

According to Pittman, a neighbor saw a suspicious man exiting a home on Grabtown Road.

“The neighbor told us that the man was carrying a baseball bat when he came out of the house,” Pittman said.

Responding to the call, Bertie deputies discovered a man, later identified as Purvis, attempting to enter a vehicle parked on the shoulder of Grabtown Road.

“Our deputies questioned the man, which led to a consented search of his person” Pittman said.

That search produced a bag containing a green leafy substance, which Pittman said was marijuana.

An investigation into the residential break-in revealed that entry was made by kicking in a side door. Pittman was the interior of the residence was ransacked, including damage to several items of furniture.