Bern Bear Gifts gets new carved bear for store front

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — Bernie is back – well at least a replica.

Last summer Bern Bear Gifts in downtown New Bern had their wooden carved bear stolen from the front of the shop.

He’s been replaced with Bernie the third.

The last two bears had been stolen.

Owner John Sturman has been at the location for 34 years.

He says he’s excited to have a new wooden bear but is still disappointed the other one wasn’t recovered.

“Others have agreed with me it’s not like the other bear, but it’s nice to have one out there because people miss it,” said Bern Bear Gifts store owner. “I mean 34 years of pictures on the other one.”

When asked about new security, Sturman mentioned the city talking about installing a camera at the intersection where Bernie sits.

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