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SWANSBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina man is accused of stealing a safe from a drug store and dragging it from behind a car.

Ryan James Mullins, 22, of Swansboro

Ryan James Mullins, 22, of Swansboro

WCTI-TV reported that the suspect passed a police officer and was caught on police dash cam.

Ryan James Mullins, 22, of Swansboro, was dragging the safe when he was caught Tuesday after an early-morning break-in at the business.

The suspect was charged with safecracking, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, trafficking of opium or heroin and several traffic violations.

Police responding to an alarm found the suspect driving down a road towing the safe.

The safe was about 8 feet tall and about 2 feet deep and was used to hold medications, according to Public Safety Chief Bob Ritchie.

Investigators said the suspect may have been trying to get drugs that were inside the safe.