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Public Safety

  • Police recover stolen car but not thief

    SHALLOTTE—Police have recovered a stolen vehicle but still need help finding the thief.

    At about 10:15 p.m. Thursday, June 14, a 1997 charcoal gray extended cab Ford Ranger truck with North Carolina tags was stolen from the Scotchman at 359 Whiteville Road.

    According to Shallotte police, the victim dropped his key when exiting his truck. The suspect reportedly picked the keys up and was last seen driving through the Scotchman parking lot.

  • Sunset Beach Crime Report

    The Sunset Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Injury to personal property on Sea Bourne Way.

    •Breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny from a motor vehicle on Millslough Drive.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on East Main Street.

    •Norman Robert Cregan, 57, of 397 East Second St., Supply, was charged with DWI, no operator’s license and open container.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • OIB Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests during the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Concord Street; suspects entered a storage shed and stole beer and towels.

    •Stuart Reed Burkett, 17, of 4298 Headley’s Mill Road, Pataska, Ohio, was charged with underage drinking.

  • Holden Beach Crime Report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny from buildings on Sailfish Drive; suspect removed a green wooden bench, a hammock and a drop cord.

    •Larceny of a man’s bicycle from High Point Street; suspect stole a bike from a residence.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Larceny on Jennis Avenue in Calabash on June 15; suspect stole victim’s bicycle.

    •Vandalism on North Middleton Drive in Calabash on June 15; suspect broke victim’s back passenger window glass on vehicle.

    •Motor vehicle theft on Jabbertown Road in Southport on June 15; suspect stole victim’s Kia.

    •Welfare check on Copas Road in Shallotte on June 15.

  • One of six men charged with felonies in Hankins’ case re-arrested after plea

    BOLIVIA—Less than three hours after pleading guilty to felony inciting a riot, Jamar Akeem Bethea was arrested and placed under a $1 million bond for violating the terms of his probation.

    Assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said Bethea—one of six men charged with felony inciting a riot in connection with the April 2011 shooting death of South Brunswick High School football star Marcus Hankins—pleaded guilty June 14 to felony inciting a riot.

  • Three arrested for Supply meth lab operation

    Three people have been arrested in a meth lab bust.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit received information a methamphetamine lab was being operated out of a home at 2560 Elkin St. SW in Supply.

    Narcotic agents served a search warrant at the Elkin Street home at 9 p.m. Friday, June 15, where agents found a small working meth lab, including additional precursor chemicals, inside the home.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From June 4-10, special operations set up checkpoints on Town Creek Road, George II Highway, Shallotte rest area, N.C. 133, U.S. 74-76 on-ramp, Shallotte Point Loop and Piggott roads, N.C. 179, McLamb Rod, Green Hill Road and No. 5 School Road.

  • Woman arrested for faking her abduction

    A Leland woman has been arrested for fabricating her own abduction.

    According to Leland Police, Ashley Hutchins, 27, of 127 Basin St., Leland, has been charged with extortion and cyber stalking. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $250,000 secured bond.

    Police say the abduction was reported Saturday, June 2, saying Hutchins was being held for an undisclosed ransom.

    Hutchins was found the following day in Winnabow.