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Suspected Thief Flees State,
Escapes Custody In Missouri
A man wanted for questioning in
a local larceny has tied the state and
is believed to have escaped from
Missouri authorities after he was ar
rested on a traffic charge near
Kansas City over the weekend, a
Brunswick County Sheriff's detec
tive said Monday.
According to a crime report on
file at the sheriff's office, a .243-cal
iber rifle and scope, a video cam
corder and other items valued at
more than $1,400 were reported
stolen from a home on A.I. Clem
mons Road Saturday. The thieves
appeared to have entered the home
by prying open a rear door.
The victim told Deputy Matt
Jomim that he later found the cam
corder at a Shallotte pawn shop and
discovered that a young man and his
girlfriend had stolen it.
Investigating Detective Tom
Hunter said he learned that the sus
pects fled the state. He later got a re
port from authorities in Cass
County, Mo., who said they had
stopped the two for speeding and
displaying a stolen license tag and
asked Hunter if they were wanted
for any other offenses.
Hunter said yes and asked
Missouri police to hold the pair, but
was told that the male suspect had
"just left the office." Hunter said he
asked if the man had escaped.
"He said no. Then I asked him if
the suspect was under arrest when
he left and he (the officer) said he
was." Hunter said. "I told him
around here we call that an escape."
The suspect's girlfriend remains
in custody in Missouri and may be
extradited to North Carolina. Hunter
said. Her accomplice is assumed to
be headed west.
In other crime reports:
?Detectives are investigating a
string of arsons that have occurred
in different areas of the county re
cently. Gasoline was believed to
have been used to set a fire that
caused about $6,000 damage to a
storage building on Coastal Drive.
Southport. on the night of Nov. 23.
According to Detective Steve
Mason, a neighbor who reported the
fire said she saw someone nearby
holding a large blue gasoline can
shortly before she heard "a minor
?A woman who lives on Skipper
Street. Leland, told Jesson she was
awakened early Saturday by a
neighbor who said her camper trailer
was on fire. The woman said there
was no power or gas hooked up to
the trailer and nothing flammable
left inside at the time of the fire. It
appeared that a side window had
been pushed in. the report said.
Jesson estimated the damage at
about $1,500. The incident is being
investigated as an arson.
?Someone apparently tried to set
fire to a home on Grayson Avenue
in thp Ocean Isle Btjsch arcs Friday
night. The owner told Deputy R.W.
Long that she returned to the home
at about 10:30 and found that some
one had opened a front window and
set a coffee table on fire It appeared
that the fire went out before it could
spread to the rest of the house. Long
estimated the damage to the table
and a nearby floor and wall at $200.
?In the Coastal Estates subdivi
sion near Southport, a woman called
911 Saturday night to report that
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and put it under the deck of her mo
bile home. She told Deputy Mal
colm lxing that she heard a noise at
about 9:30 and went outside to dis
cover the burning bag. There was no
damage estimate listed on the report.
?A man told investigators that he
was beaten and robbed of $80 cash
as he sat in his car outside a Phoenix
convenience store early Thursday
morning. The victim said he was
talking on the phone shortly before 1
a.m. when a black man approached
the car window. The victim said the
man "hit him several times about the
face and head and reached in and
took his wallet." The assailant then
ran off toward Phoenix, the report
tfTwo gill nets and a riding lawn
mower were stolen from the back
yard of a home on Richardson
Drive, off Russtown Road, Monday
night. Deputy Joey Adams estimated
the value of stolen property at about
BA riding lawn mower valued at
about $1,200 was reported stolen
from the home of a retiree on Hol
iday Street in Holiday Haven Wed
nesday night. The man told Deputy
Cathy Hamilton that the thieves ap
parently took the mower out of his
shed and pushed it down the road to
a waiting truck. A neighbor said he
was awakened during the night by
the noise of a pickup truck with loud
?Someone removed about $650
worth of property from u home on
Carolyn Avenue, off Shullotte Point
Loop Road, then stole the owner's
pickup truck and drove off Wed
nesday night. The victim told
Adams she was out of town when
her brother called to say that her
trailer had been broken into. Missing
were a television, a videocassette re
corder, a microwave oven and a
video game player. The woman's
1972 Chevrolet truck was later
found near Union School Road con
taining all the stolen property except
?About $ 1(H) cash and a gold ring
were stolen from a home on Shal
lotte Point Loop Road last weekend.
The owner told Deputy Randy Rob
inson that he had been out of town
and returned to find that someone
had pried open a window to his
house, which he found "in disarray,"
the report said. There was about
?Someone broke into a business
on N.C. 179 in Calabash and caused
about $400 damage to its main lob
by and office Saturday night. De
puty R.W. Long II reported that the
intruders appeared to have entered
by breaking out a rear window.
Although nothing was reported
stolen, the intruders vandalized the
building "by throwing carpet sam
ples and brochures all over the two
rooms," he said.
?A 19-year-old woman who lives
on Civietown Road told Jesson that
someone stole an estimated $2,500
worth of cassette tapes from her
home recently. She said she knows
who took the tapes and told him she
would no! press charges if he would
bring them hack. She called (he
sheriff's department after he tefused
to return the tapes, the report said.
?Someone pried the lock off the
hack door of a mobile home on Pine
Burr Circle, Calabash, and stole a
color television valued at about
$350 recertly. Robinson also found
that a bathroom window had been
broken by the thieves, who caused a
total of $400 damage.
?A jar containing about $700
worth of change was stolen from a
mobile home on Cumbee Road Sup
ply Wednesday night. The victim
told Hamilton that the thief entered
and exited through a window, then
closed it and replaced the screen, the
report said. The deputy could find
no evidence of forced entry.
?More than $800 worth of prop
erty was stolen from a mobile home
on Elm Street in the Coastal Retreat
subdivision during a break-in report
ed Friday. The owner told Hamilton
that his microwave oven, a kerosene
heater, a gas-powered lawn trimmer,
a circular saw and a belt sander were
missing. Damage was estimated at
?Hamilton also investigated the
theft of a microwave oven from a
mobile home on Oyster Lane in
Coastal Retreat that was discovered
Tuesday. The thief apparently got in
by breaking the glass in a back door,
causing about $100 damage. The
stolen oven was valued at about
?A surfboard, a stereo, speakers,
two rods and reels and a tackle box
were among the $1,500 worth of
items stolen in a break-in at a home
on Channel I at the Sea Village sub
division near Ocean Isle Beach re
cently. Deputy Joey Adams deter
mined that the thief or thieves pried
open a rear window to get inside.
?Deputy R.W. Long II investigat
ed the reported theft of a wallet con
taining $50() in cash and the removal
of $30 in change from a cash regis
ter at Hughes Marina on Village
Point Road. Shallotte. Friday night.
It appeared that the thief or thieves
forced their way in through the back
?An employee of Kirby's Food
Center. Supply, reported the theft of
her wallet containing about $10() in
cash Saturday afternoon. She told
Deputy Anthony Key that a cus
tomer came in demanding service
and was told that he would have to
wait until the grill opened at 6:30.
After the man left, another customer
reported finding the employee's
purse in the men's room. Her wallet
?Two go-cart engines were taken
from the back yard of a mobile
home on Mt. Misery Road, Leland.
sometime in the past week. The
owner told Deputy Brian Sanders
that he last noticed the engines sit
ting near his shed about a week be
fore the theft was discovered Friday.
?Someone broke into a store at
the corner of Lanvale Road and
Fletcher Drive, Leland, recently and
stole ten sweaters valued at about
$400. The owner found that the bars
had been removed from a rear win
dow by the thieves, who broke the
glass to get inside.
HA man who lives in a travel
trailer behind the Town and Country
Motel in Belville told Sanders that
someone stole a $300 money order
from his home Thursday night.
?Sanders also investigated the
theft of a facsimile machine, a tele
phone. a VCR. a copy machine, a
typewriter and a clock radio from a
home and business on Navassa
Road, Leland, last week. There was
no estimate of value listed.
?There was about $40 damage
reported in a mobile home break-in
on Russ Street, Supply, that occur
red sometime in the past two
months. The owner told Hamilton
that he returned to the trailer to find
that someone cut a screen and broke
a window to get inside, where he
found "all the cabinets and drawers
left open." The only thing reported
missing was a plastic jug of water.
?A woman who lives on John
Adams Trail. Supply, reported that
someone slashed the right rear tire
on her car Friday night. Malcolm
Long estimated the damage at $110.
?Vandals stole $10 worth of let
ters from a sign outside the Cedar
Grove Baptist Church recently,
causing about $25 damage. Mc
Donald also reported that "some of
the letters had been rearranged to
spell curse words."
?Two fifths of liquor and a six
pack of beer were stolen from a
home on Eleanor Street in Hurricane
Haven sometime in the past two
months. Entry was gained by break
ing a back bedroom window, Ham
ilton reported. There was no esti
mate of property value or damage.
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