Public Safety

  • Wilmington man arrested in Leland burglary

    New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Wilmington man accused of breaking into a Leland residence and stealing jewelry.

    Michael Jimmy Pappas, 39, of Pleasant Dale Drive, is charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

  • Leland woman accused of stealing drugs from employer

    A Leland woman is accused of stealing drugs from the Winnabow nursing home where she worked.

    Michelle Margaret Whitney Miller, 36, of Quail Hollow Road was arrested April 10 and charged with three counts of embezzling a controlled substance by an employee and two counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

  • Robber uses 2x4s to steal $140 from man in Leland

    Someone used 2x4s to rob a man of $140 in cash at Tommy’s Mini Mart in Leland on April 14.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report, which labels the case as an aggravated assault and robbery, shows it happened after 6 p.m. at the store, 3280 Mount Misery Road.

    The victim, a 59-year-old man, was not taken to a medical center for treatment, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    No description of the robber was available.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department April 8-13 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    April 8

    Alan Shaw, 18, of Wickersham Road, Charlotte, was cited on a possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana charge.

    April 13

    Edward Ronald McCormick, 17, of Sunset Bluff, Beaufort, S.C., was arrested on charges of speeding and consuming alcohol while younger than 21.

  • Shallotte man sought in Sunset Beach break-in arrested in S.C.

    A Shallotte man wanted in a Sunset Beach break-in was arrested April 13 in Little River, S.C.

    Sunset Beach police charged 24-year-old Antaun Linear Miller, 24, of Forest Drive with breaking and entering, larceny, safecracking and injury to real property in an April 12 break-in on Cotton Mill Court in Sea Trail.

    Someone broke in through a back window and stole several items around lunchtime when no one was home, according to an incident report. Some evidence was left behind and arrest warrants were issued the next day.

  • Suspicious vehicle sought in Sunset Beach after break-in

    The Sunset Beach Police Department is seeking a suspicious vehicle following a break-in Thursday afternoon, April 12, in Sea Trail.

    A residence off Rice Mill Circle was broken into by force. The residents were not home at the time of the entry.

    A suspicious vehicle has been identified as a four-door black Honda or Nissan with a white hood.

    Anyone seeing a vehicle matching this description is asked to contact the Sunset Beach Police Department at 910-579-2151 or 911 after hours and on weekends.


  • Leland police seek cash thief

    Leland police are looking for a man who stole almost $900 from a wallet belonging to a fellow Wal-Mart shopper.

    The thief took the money about 8:15 p.m. April 2 and left the store on New Pointe Boulevard in a black sedan, according to a police news release issued Thursday.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0274.

  • Leland man indicted on federal firearms charges

    A federal grand jury indicted a Leland man on possession of ammunition as a prohibited person and two counts of providing a false statement in connection with purchasing a firearm.

    Howard Joseph Burchfield, 36, faces up to 10 years in prison for each count if convicted, Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, said in a news release issued Wednesday.

  • Warrants allege woman stole money after two break-ins in Shallotte

    A Shallotte woman is accused of stealing another woman’s money after two break-ins last moth.

    Melissa Ann Suggs, 29, of High Meadows Drive was arrested April 2 and charged with breaking or entering, larceny after breaking or entering, breaking or entering a motor vehicle, financial card theft and financial card fraud.

    Warrants show Suggs on March 11 broke into a Shallotte woman’s home and stole a coin jar containing $500 and broke into the woman’s car and stole a debit card, using it to get an undetermined amount of cash later that day.

  • Bolivia man accused of possessing illegal drugs, including mushrooms

    A Bolivia man is accused of possessing a variety of illegal drugs, including mushrooms.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Bobby Wayne McFarland, 24, of Green Lewis Road SE, on April 2 and charged him with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.