Stolen fishing poles and tools recovered from area pawn shops

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By Rachel Johnson, Staff Writer

BOLIVIA—Last week detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen property from pawn shops in Brunswick and New Hanover counties.


Detectives Kimberly Knox and Tina Edwards spent the better part of two weeks recovering the items and following up on leads.

The majority of the recovered items were reported stolen in a rash of breaking and entering incidents in the Southport area.

“We have recovered $14,000 worth of property that was taken from seven homes,” Knox said.

Nineteen-year-old Rebecca Lane Schiff of 3012 W. Yacht Drive, Oak Island, was arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretense. Detectives don’t believe she acted alone, and additional charges are pending.

Knox explained they were able to follow the sale of the stolen items online through a system that tracks pawn sales.

Items targeted in the break-ins included high-end fishing poles and tackle. Knox believes the thieves knew what they were looking for and the value of these items.

During the investigation, Knox and Edwards recovered numerous fishing poles, two chainsaws, two weed eaters, an edger, two sledgehammers, an amp, a guitar, clarinet, two iPods and a fishing reel with sentimental value that belonged to one of the victim’s deceased grandparents.

The homes targeted were a combination of year-round residential and vacation homes.

Knox and Edwards remind people to write down serial numbers on as many items as you can, including fishing poles and tools.

“Serial numbers help us tremendously—and take photos of your stuff,” Knox said.


Rachel Johnsonis a staff writer at The Brunswick Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or rjohnson@brunswickbeacon.com.