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Gets The Drop On Thieves
A homeowner with a pistol captured two thieves in the middle of a
break-in and held them at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest them, a
Brunswick County Sheriff's Detective said last week.
"I think he should get a medal," Det. Ken Messer said when asked
about Walter J. Babson's "citizen's arrest."
Shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday (April 28), Babson and his wife ar
rived to check on their mobile home in Winnabow, where their son re
sides. As he entered the front door, Babson heard a noise at the rear of
the trailer, Messer said.
He returned to his vehicle, grabbed a .45-caliber pistol and walked
around to the back door, which he found open. Slipping into the trailer,
Babson saw two legs protruding from beneath a bed, Messer said.
Tapping one of the exposed feet with his shoe, Babson "got the man's
attention" and escorted him and another intruder into the living room,
Messer said. There he saw his television set unplugged and ready to go.
He also found the tire iron used to pry open the back door.
Babson suggested that the two men wait in the living room while his
wife called police. When one of the thieves threatened to leave, Babson
"made a loud noise" and convinced them to stay, Messer said.
Arrested a short time later were James Franklin Sullivan Jr., 24, of
Winnabow and Rhett Spillman Hamilton, 24. of Lanvale Road, Lcland.
Ash Man Sought In Knife Attack
On Two Companions Outside Bar
Warrants were issued Monday for
the arrest of a 52-year-old Ash man
accused of slashing two drinking
companions with a knife in the park
ing lot of a roadside tavern Friday
night, according to police.
Brunswick County Sheriff's
Detective Larry Joyner said Monday
he had drawn warrants against
James Ogle Babson of Ash, charg
ing him with two counts of assault
w ith a deadly weapon inflicting seri
The victims, Ronald Albert King,
45, and Clarence Todd, 48, both of
Ash, told police that Babson slashed
the two of them with a pocket knife
outside the Junction Lounge on N.C.
130 sometime between 11:30 p.m.
and midnight, Joyner said.
According to King's statement,
the three men had been drinking to
gether at the bar for about an hour
when he and Babson went outside.
King said Babson "pulled out a
knife and started cutting," Joyner
said. King claimed that there was no
argument leading up to the attack,
the detective said.
King then said he went inside and
told Todd he had been cut. When
Todd came outside, he was also cut
by Babson, Joyner said.
After the attack. King drove him
self and Todd to The Brunswick
Hospital, where King was given 13
stitches for a cut on the underside of
his right arm and 12 stitches for a
cut on his shoulder.
Todd was transported to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center,
where he was treated for a cut on the
left side of his abdomen and another
on his left shoulder. He was kept
overnight and released, Joyner said.
Authorities have yet to establish a
motive for the assault. Although no
weapon was found at the scene,
Joyner speculated that it was "a very
sharp" pocket knife.
"It looks like he knew how to use
it," said Joyner.
The Junction Lounge was the
scene of a shooting that claimed the
life of a 28-year-old Mexican man
Jan. 30. Two Shallotte men were ar
rested and charged with murder in
Shell Point Man Charged
In Knife Assault On Woman
A 21-year-old Shell Point man
was arrested early Sunday morning
after he allegedly cut his girlfriend
with a pocket knife during a domes
tic dispute, according to a Bruns
wick County sheriff's detective.
Christopher Lee Kelly of Cumbcc
Loop Road has been charged with
assault with a deadly weapon inflict
ing serious injury, Dec Larry Joyner
The victim, Kathy Eason, 20, of
Route 3, Shallouc, was treated and
released from the Brunswick Hos
pital after the incident She received
two stitches for a puncture wound
on the side of her head and three
stitches for a cut on her finger,
According to the incident report
filed after the assault, Eason said she
and Kelly got into an argument over
his infant child during which Kelly
slapped her. He then forced her to
change clothes to go to a party with
While en route, he stopped his
truck and the two began fighting.
During an ensuing scuffle, she was
wounded with the knife, the report
Kelly was being held in lieu of
55,000 bond Monday.
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Thieves Break Into 52 Storaqe Units At Warehouse
Thousands of dollars worth of
personal property were stolen when
thieves cut the locks on 52 units at a
mini-storage complex near South
port Wednesday night (April 28), ac
cording to a crime report on file at
the Brunswick County Sheriff's De
Dctectivcs have yet to determine
just how much was removed from
the Bcach Road Mini-Storage facili
ty on Long Bcach Road. The thieves
apparently used bolt cutters to break
through padlocks and hasps securing
the metal doors to the storage units.
'They mostly took things that
could be easily sold," said Dei.
Larry Joyner who is investigating
Authorities are in the process of
contacting victims to determine
what items are missing from the
More than S2.000 worth of furni
ture, computer equipment and
household items were removed from
one unit. Among the stolen property
listed on Sgt. Don Stovall's incident
report was a dining room table, six
chairs, a love seat, a computer desk,
a computer, a rocking chair, $400
worth of old record albums and as
sorted pots, pans and dishes.
The renter of another storage unit
found more than S750 worth of
video games and a radio-controlled
airplane missing from his unit.
A third victim told Stovall that he
found more than S300 worth of hand
tools missing from his unit.
Another victim reported the theft
of a ,22-caliber rifle, a pellet gun
and a box of tools.
An investigation is continuing in
to the thefts.
In other crime reports on file at
the sheriff's office Monday:
?More than S2.500 worth of elec
tronic equipment and household
items were stolen in a break-in and
larceny that occurred in the Holiday
Acres area of Holdcn Beach some
time in the past two weeks. The
owner told Deputy Rebekah
McDonald that he and his wife were
last at their home on April 11 and
returned Saturday to find that some
one had pried open the front door.
Among the items stolen were two
color televisions, a video camcorder,
a microwave oven, a videocassc'ie
recorder and several kitchen appli
?A water pump was reported stolen
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here was more than $100 damage
done to a locked gate and garage
door in Shell Point sometime in the
past two weeks. According to
Long's report, the owner discovered
the break-in when he returned to his
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cars parked at a home on Old
Shallotte Road Sunday night. The
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white paint on his Lincoln Contin
ental and a Honda Accord sometime
between 7:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. A
front tire was flattened on the
Lincoln and $40 cash was removed
from one of the cars, the report said.
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?Deputy J.R. Earp Jr. investigated a
report of a trash fire that got out of
control and burned a car parked in
Conncrs Mobile Home Park,
Lcland, Friday afternoon. Damage
to the victim's 1980 Nissan 200 SX
was estimated at about S600.
?Vandals caused an estimated Si 15
damage in the Lowe's department
store parking lot Saturday night
Long's report said several bags of
peat moss and potting soil were
thrown in front of a gate, causing
some of the bags to break open.
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age to the Southport/Oak Island
Chamber of Commerce building on
Long Bcach Road by throwing
pieces of broken cinder blGck at the
windows Saturday night. Deputy
Sgt. Gene Browning reportedly told
an employee that "if they would
clean up around the area, this might
slow down some of the vandalism."
He also advised that police would
step up patrols in the area.
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