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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say they caught a burglar red-handed early Saturday morning before he could get away.

Investigators say just after midnight Saturday they got a call for a burglary in progress at 3827 Mayfield Court after a neighbor heard strange noises coming from the home next door.

Officers walked to the back of the house and saw that the back door had been kicked in. When they walked in, they say they found William Lewis, 34, gathering items to steal from the home.

Lewis is charged with possession of burglary tools, damage to real property, and 2nd degree burglary. In addition to his first appearance on those charges today, Lewis was also due in court for several charges from last year, including breaking and entering, felony larceny, possession of stolen goods, trafficking heroin and other drug-related offenses.

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