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Car Stolen From
Shallotte Business Found In River
A car belonging to the owner of a
Shallotte video rental business was
stolen from the store's parking lot
Thursday night and later found sub
merged in the Shallotte River, ac
cording to a crime report on file at
the Brunswick County Sheriff's
The car's owner told Deputy
Michael Smith that she left her 1990
Dodge Shadow parked at about 9
p.m. Thursday and discovered it
missing the next day at 1 p.m.
Later that day a couple staying at
a home off Goose Lane, Shallotte,
called police to report finding a car
of that description sunk in the river
nearby. Upon further investigation.
Smith found that the car's driver
side window had been broken out
and the right front tire was flat.
He estimated the car's value at
In other crime reports on file at
the sheriff's office Monday:
?A .45 -caliber semi-automatic
handgun was stolen from a car
parked near Hickman's Crossroads
Saturday afternoon. Deputy Keithan
Home said the owner told him he
gave two men a ride to a home near
Hickman's Crossroads at about 3
p.m. The man said he went inside to
visit and came out about a half hour
later to find the gun gone and the
two men still sitting in his car.
"When confronted, they said they
did not take same," Home reported.
BSomeone stole a 12-gauge shot
gun from a pickup truck parked on
Long Leaf Hills Drive in Bolivia last
weekend. The owner said someone
Rain, 4th Wettest
Rainfall for October totaled 8.29
inches, or 5.6 inches above normal,
making this the fourth wettest Oct
ober since record-keeping began in
1871, according to the monthly cli
matological report of the National
Weather Service Wilmington office.
The greatest rainfall in a 24-hour
period for the month was 3.65 inch
es on the 26th, which also broke the
daily record rainfall of 2.11 inches
last recorded in 1977. There were 11
days of measurable rainfall and six
days of one-half inch or more.
The monthly average temperature
was 66.5 degrees, 1 .2 degrees above
normal. The warmest temperature
was 87 degrees recorded on the 4th
A temperature of 85 degrees on
the 21st broke the old daily record
of 84 degrees last recorded in 1984.
The coolest temperature for the
month was 41 degrees on the 31st.
A low of -35 degrees on the 1st broke
the old daily recoid of 46 degrees
last recorded in 1992.
There were nine clear days, eight
partly cloudy days and 14 cloudy
days. The sunshine percentage was
51 percent of the possible for the
There were two days with thunder
reported, which is near normal.
Heavy fog occurred on one day.
The normal is three days.
The fastest one-minute wind gust
was 29 mph from the southwest on
the 30th. The highest wind gust was
41 mph from the southwest, also on
The highest sea level pressure for
the month was 30.41 on the 6th and
the lowest was 29.47 inches on the
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broke in through the truck's sliding
glass rear window and stole the
shotgun and case, which Deputy
Mark Snowden estimated to be
worth about $200.
?Hunters found the "completely
burnt" remains of a stolen 1989 Ford
Thunderbird in the woods near Boli
via Friday afternoon. Deputy An
thony Key determined that the car
was one that had been stolen from a
home on Huron Lane, off Danford
Road. Bolivia, Oct. 23. Three of the
car's brand-new tires were missing
along with its engine. At the time of
the theft, the car was valued at about
?A woman reported her car
stolen from the Holden Beach area
F riday afternoon, apparently by a fe
male friend of her husband. The vic
tim told Deputy Matthew Jesson that
she went to her mother's home on
Seashore Road at about 12:45.
While inside, she said she heard a
vehicle leaving. She looked outside
and saw a woman driving off with
her car. The report said, "Later that
day, she saw her vehicle with her
soon-to-be-ex-husband and a
woman driving it." The owner of the
1986 Chevrolet Caprice said she
saw it later that day at his brother's
house in Lumberton. Jesson estimat
ed the car's value at $2,120.
>After leaving his 1987 Ford
Escort at a repair shop on King
Road for seven months, the Wilm
ington man who owns the car re
turned to retrieve it and discovered
that someone had stolen a stereo am
plifier and radar detector valued at
$220. Snowden found no sign of
forced entry; the business owner
said the car was kept locked.
?Snowden also investigated a re
ported break-in that occurred at a
home on Jacobs Way in Iceland
sometime last weekend. The woman
who owns the home told him that
someone took the screen off a front
porch and threw a chunk of 4-inch
by-4-inch lumber through the win
dow. Nothing was found missing,
but the woman said a chair in the
house had Itcen moved by the in
truder. There was no damage esti
mate listed on the report.
?The mother of a man who lives
with her on Funston Road, Winna
bow, told Deputy J.D. Gray Satur
day that she had discovered what
she believed to he stolen property in
his room. She said she found a yel
low gold ring with a glass stone "in
his waterbed." She also turned in a
STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG ROTTER
Crime Prevention Award
Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Cause (left) and Crime Prevention Officer Keith Croom received this
plaque last week at the North Carolina Crime Prevention Officers' Association banquet in Raleigh.
Shallotte was one of five departments in the state to receive the award . given for superior achievement
in crime prevention. The department works with students, civic groups and businesses as part of its
crime prevention efforts.
set of tour hubcaps believed to have
been taken from a stolen van, the re
port said. The alleged stolen proper
ty was valued at S 1 75.
?A man living in a Belville
rooming house told police that
someone poured sugar "or a similar
substance" into the gas tank of his
198(> Chevrolet pickup truck Sunday
night. The man blamed the vandal
ism on a woman he claimed had pre
viously threatened to slash his tires
if he didn't come up with some
money he allegedly owed her. There
was no damage estimate.
?Someone stole the license tag
off a I 983 Subaru parked in the yard
of a home on Green Loop Road in
Leland sometime in the past two
weeks. The plate bears the number
EVP-7490. according to Deputy
Brian Sanders' report.
The Iceland Volunteer Rescue
Squad will conduct its annual family
portrait fund drive for the next sev
eral weeks in cooperation with
Community Support Services of
Families served by the squad will
be contacted and asked to make a
pledge. Each family pledging will
receive a 10-by- 1 3-inch Kodak fam
Proceeds raised during the fund
drive will be used for new equip
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