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Three Brunswick County men indicted, accused of attempted robbery of former police officer

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By Sam Hickman

 Three men have been indicted by a Brunswick County grand jury on charges of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling or moving vehicle on Sept. 23.

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The three men were indicted in connection with an attempted armed robbery of a former Brunswick County police officer, who was fired after being charged with participating in the prostitution of a minor.

Shawn Christopher Conley, 21, Kyle Bradley Wolfe, 21, and Matthew Dillon Vaczy, 18, allegedly tried to rob Michael Alan Hayes, a former lieutenant for the Northwest Police Department on Nov. 27, 2012.

Conley and Wolfe were also indicted on two counts of promoting prostitution of a minor and two counts of supervising, supporting or protecting minors for prostitution in June.

All three men are accused of shooting into a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe occupied by Hayes and another woman.

Hayes was indicted July 1 on charges of participating in prostitution of a minor and submitting a false report to police.

According to Hayes’ indictment, Hayes contacted a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy on Nov. 27, 2012 and made a false statement regarding the circumstances surrounding the gunshots fired at his car. He hindered the investigation into the cause of the act, according to reports.

In November 2012, the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department began an investigation into an internet-based prostitution operation through social media websites. On May 6, Conley and Wolfe were arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor.

Hayes turned himself in to authorities on May 15. He was charged with participating in the prostitution of a minor. Hayes was later released.

Conley, Wolfe, and Vaczy are all currently incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Center on multiple charges.

Conley is being held on several charges, including first-degree burglary, aiding and abetting armed robbery, larceny of a firearm and breaking and entering.

Wolfe is being held on charges of attempted armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of a firearm, simple assault and breaking and entering.

Vaczy has is being held on charges of aiding and abetting armed robbery, larceny of a firearm, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and breaking and entering.

 

Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.