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NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, MITCHELL CHARLES BORKOWSKI, 35, of Bridgeton, changed his plea to “guilty” during his jury trial for multiple break-in and theft offenses, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over the trial and plea, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Robert McAfee.

From August through November, 2017, during the demolition of the former Bridgeton Elementary School, Borkowski unlawfully entered the building and stole insulated copper wire, always at night when work crews were not present. He then brought the wire to his then-girlfriend, and the two of them stripped the insulation off, in order to make the wire more attractive to scrap buyers. He then accompanied her to a scrap and recycling center, where they sold the wire. In all, Borkowski did this eleven times over that four-month period, according to the Bridgeton Police Department investigation.

Borkowski pled guilty just after the State presented its last witness, who was the ex-girlfriend. He pled guilty to eleven counts of Felony Breaking and Entering. Judge Nobles sentenced Borkowski to 18 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised probation when he is released from prison. If Borkowski violates that probation and it is revoked, he will have to serve 40 more months in prison. He was ordered to pay restitution, while on probation, to the Craven County Schools for the stolen copper.


NOTE: Under North Carolina Structured Sentencing law, a convicted criminal defendant must serve all of the minimum active sentence and may be required to serve up to the maximum sentence. Upon release at the conclusion of the prison sentence, a nine to twelve month period of post-release supervision by a probation officer is required.