Increasing B&E Auto: Five Arrested

NEW HANOVER – The alertness of homeowners and the prompt response of Sheriff’s Deputies led to the arrest of five New Hanover County overnight Wednesday and Thursday.

Thursday morning around 2:30 a.m., Deputies responded to the Royal Palms Mobile Home Park after a witness reported two men in the area attempting to gain access to several vehicles. Deputies responded, arrived and located the two suspects. After a short foot chase, Terry Dean Haynie, 20 of Hampstead, and Jacob Andrew Merritt, 16 of Wilmington, were charged with two counts of breaking and entering to auto and resisting a public officer.

Friday morning just before 3:30 a.m., Deputies responded to the Wedgefield subdivision after a witness reported a car alarm activation and suspicious activity in the area. Deputies responded, located the suspect vehicle and one of suspects attempting to hide in a nearby garage. Kevin Anthony Merritt, 19, Chris Reese Oldham, 19, and Jacob Eugene Radford, 17, all of Wilmington we charged with 1st degree burglary, two counts breaking and entering to auto, felony conspiracy, possession of burglary tools and two counts misdemeanor larceny.
Sheriff Ed McMahon and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office encourages a proactive approach to deterring vehicle theft. Be alert and observant in your neighborhoods to suspicious activities. Remember, only residents know their neighborhoods and what is considered unusual or “out of place”. Taking preventive measures can minimize your chances of becoming a victim of vehicle crime.

  • Lock it up. Lock your vehicle, close all windows/sun roof, and take your keys.
  • Hide valuables. Don’t leave valuables in plan view.
  • Be alert. Call 911 and report suspicious activity.

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