Public Safety

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives are searching for a missing teen.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, detectives are searching for Aylissa Garcia, 17, of Leland.

    Garcia was last seen at her Leland home around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18. She left her home on foot and hasn’t returned as of Thursday afternoon, Stanley said.

    She is possibly with Rasheed Merrick, a black male, in the Navassa area.


    A Georgia man has been arrested in connection with larceny of a boat trailer at Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Andrew Skipper Pate, 27, of Kinnesaw, Ga., was charged with larceny of a boat trailer on Monday, Aug. 16. He was arrested with the help of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department, according to the incident report.

    Pate was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and held on a $10,000 secured bond. The boat and trailer have been recovered.

  • Shallotte crime report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Obtaining property by false pretense at Aaron’s; suspect took a laptop that was not hers and pawned it for cash.

    •Larceny from a coin-operated machine at Twice the Ice; victim left wallet at the machine. Wallet was later returned but was missing $100.

    •Obtaining property by false pretense at Pawn USA; suspect pawned property that belonged to Aaron’s.

  • Holden Beach man arrested for felony indecent exposure

    A Holden Beach man was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 17, and charged with felony indecent exposure.

    Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett said Benjamin Stroup Korb, 47, of 138 Lions Paw St., Holden Beach, was charged with felony indecent exposure. Hewett said the indecent exposure was reported Aug. 13 at 136 Lions Paw Street. The victims said Korb was exposing his private parts to juveniles while watching them in the canal.

  • Holden Beach police, sheriff’s detectives search for vandalism, larceny and breaking and entering suspects

    Holden Beach police have had multiple reports of vandalism, breaking and entering and larceny in recent weeks.

    According to Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett, the incidents remain unsolved and the suspects’ identities are unknown.

    In early August, several vehicles were broken into on Holden Beach, from which several wallets and credit cards were stolen.

    The credit cards have been used at various locations from Shallotte to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Hewett said.

  • Winnabow man charged with assault, kidnapping

    A Winnabow man has been charged with assault and kidnapping after sheriff’s deputies said he held a man against his will.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, sheriff’s deputies responded to an incident in the Winnabow area Sunday, Aug. 15.

    Stanley said the victim told deputies he went to the home of Stephen Garrick, at 1170 Gales Road, Winnabow, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Garrick assaulted the victim and held him against his will, Stanley said.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects:

    •Charles Andrew Hudson, 19, of Indian Trail, was charged with consuming alcohol under the age of 21 pursuant to a traffic stop for careless and reckless driving.

    •Vandalism was reported at the West End guard building. Unknown subjects threw toilet tissue all around building and defecated in front of same.

    •Larceny from a motor vehicle was reported at 298 Sand Dune Lane. Unknown suspects removed a GPS from the vehicle.

  • Sunset Beach police assist with safe, check thefts investigation

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police working with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are seeking a suspect in connection with the theft of a safe and checks.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said a safe containing starter checks was reported stolen Aug. 10 from a residence on Whiteville Road in Ash.

    A white male suspect passed one of the checks for $300 that same day at BB&T in Sunset Beach. On Aug. 11, a suspect tried to pass a second check made out for $800 at the same bank.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Aug. 9-15, K-9 deputies answered 11 calls, wrote two citations and made two drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies conducted a checkpoint on Big Macedonia Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Joseph William Rice, 26, of 104 Gladewood Circle, New Bern, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • New Hanover County woman sentenced as habitual felon

    A New Hanover County woman was recently sentenced as a habitual felon in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    According to a press release from the DA’s office, Christina Lesharna Grady, 31, of New Hanover County, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin and habitual felon in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Aug. 16.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Grady to 60-81 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections. Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas prosecuted the case.