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A prostitution investigation in Boiling Spring Lakes has lead to charges against a police officer and volunteer firefighter.
In early May, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said his department began a complex investigation involving advertisements for prostitution on the Internet via different social medial websites.
That lead to Kyle Bradley Wolf, 20, 1911 Robin Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, and Shawn Christopher Conley, 20, North Twin Lakes Drive, Southport, each being charged with two counts of promoting prostitution of a minor.
Then the police chief reported two more arrests May 16.
“The following individuals have been charged in connection with an attempted armed robbery of an individual who had solicited a prostitute online,” he said.
“It was during this encounter that the following individuals attempted to rob the victim and ultimately discharged a firearm into the vehicle the victim was driving.”
Shirley reported the incident occurred Nov. 27, 2012, on Reidsville Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.
Three arrests were made in connection with the attempted robbery.
Wolf was charged with attempted armed robbery and discharging a weapon into a motor vehicle. Conley and Matthew Dillon Vaczy, 19, were charged with aiding and abetting an armed robbery.
The victim of the robbery, Michael Hayes, did not report the incident to police, and it was through the ongoing prostitution investigation that the investigator developed information that was forwarded to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for its assistance.
According to Jennifer Canada, assistant public information officer for Attorney General Roy Cooper, the SBI was requested to assist with investigating Hayes, a Northwest police officer, on May 8 at the request of the Boiling Springs Lake police chief.
Hayes was arrested Wednesday, May 15, and charged with one count of solicitation of a minor for prostitution and one count of filing a false report. He received a $5,000 unsecured bond.
The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department also charged Richard Kyle Mulligan, 23, of Masters Drive in Boiling Spring Lakes with participating in the prostitution of a minor.
Mulligan, a volunteer firefighter with Boiling Spring Lakes, turned himself in to the magistrate’s office where he was served with a warrant for arrest on May 16.
At press time, there was not any information on his bond or conditions of his release.
Wolf, Conley and Vaczy were also charged in connection with a Nov. 20, 2012, residential breaking and entering on Raeford Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.
They were each charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and safecracking.
Shirley asked anyone with information that would be helpful to the investigation contact the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department at 910-845-2247.
Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.