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Habitual felon sentenced to more than seven years

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Eric Martin Brooks, 43, of New Bern, was convicted and sentenced in Craven County Superior Court this week of Larceny by Employee and Obtaining Property by False Pretense.

Brooks was employed by Munro Muffler Brake & Service in New Bern, and stole specialty tools from his employer. He then pawned those tools at a local pawn shop, representing himself as the owner of the tools. New Bern Police were able to recover surveillance video from the pawn shop, clearly identifying Brooks as the perpetrator. 

Brooks was sentenced to a maximum of 93 months in prison. Because Brooks had already been convicted of at least three prior felony crimes, he was sentenced as an habitual felon under North Carolina's version of "three strikes, you're out". Brooks also has fraud and identity theft charges pending in Onslow County, and it is expected that he will receive additional prison time in those cases.

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