Citizen assists Oak Island Police in burglary arrest

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Early on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 8, an Oak Island resident called the police department to report breaking and entering incidents at two beachfront homes.

Officers and detectives responded to the scene, filed reports and collected evidence, according to Kyle Thomas, public information officer for the town of Oak Island.

Later the same day, a citizen was at one of the homes making repairs when he noticed a suspicious male in the area and called the police department.

When officers responded, an officer noticed a person matching the burglary suspect’s description, who was taken into custody for questioning.

Jeffery Scott Hewett, 29, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary. Hewett was arrested and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center where he was placed on a $30,000 secured bond.

“As this case demonstrates, the citizens of Oak Island and their police department are powerful crime prevention tools. So come on and join the team and give us a call if you see something suspicious,” police chief Van Eddinger stated in a press release.

To contact the police department, call 278-5595, or 911 in an emergency.