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Detectives credit task force with breaking and entering arrests

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

Detectives at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are crediting a multi-agency task force for the recent arrests of three suspects wanted for break-ins in the southern part of the county.

The Brunswick County Law Enforcement Investigative Task Force was formed in December 2008, and was created to enable local law enforcement agencies to share information.

Kevin Vinson Scott, 21, of Supply, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny, felony larceny, three counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and three counts of misdemeanor larceny.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective Chris Barbour said Scott broke into Woody’s Grocery on Holden Beach Road, Robinson’s ACE Hardware on Holden Beach Road, and several vehicles in the Sunset Beach area. The investigation is on-going, he said. Candy, knives and batteries stolen from the hardware store, Barbour said. According to the arrest warrant, money, medication, credit cards and household goods were reported stolen from the vehicles. Forty cartons of cigarettes and money were stolen from Woody’s Grocery.

Scott is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $70,000 secured bond.

Two suspects were charged and more arrests are expected for a series of larcenies in the Seashore Road area in Supply.

Steven Michael Secrest, 19, of 2166 Amy drive, Supply, was charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering and four counts of larceny.

Taylor Reid Bennett, 17, of 2806 Sea Aire Drive, Holden Beach, was charged in connection with the series of break-ins off Seashore Road, but was also charged with break-ins on Sunset Beach island.

Bennett was charged with six counts of felony breaking and entering and six counts of larceny. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Tony Caison said more arrests are expected in connection with the break-ins, which spanned several months. Caison said TVs and other electronics stolen from homes in the Hurricane Haven neighborhood, off Seashore Road, were sold to a swap shop in Fayetteville.

Sunset Beach Police Detective Woody Dunn, a member of the investigative task force, assisted in the investigation.

Both Bennett and Secrest remain in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center. Bennett is under a $40,000 bond, and Secrest is under a $41,500 bond.