Police: Man broke into house while woman was home

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STATESVILLE, N.C. —

Statesville police arrested a man they said broke into a woman’s house, stole her purse and fled on Wednesday night.

Police said the woman heard someone at her living room window around 11 p.m. and then saw the suspect break through the window glass. He then took her purse and left, according to police.

The victim identified the suspect as Darius Gray, a former acquaintance, investigators said.

Officers began searching for the suspect and arrested him shortly after at 4th Street and Newbern Avenue. Police said he had the victim’s purse when he was taken into custody.

Gray was charged with first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering.