Three Arrested for B&E to NHC Communications Tower

NEW HANOVER – Just after 2:00 a.m., Deputies responded to breaking and entering alarm, located at 1306 Hill Valley Walk. Within minutes of receiving the call, deputies arrived and initiated contact with three subjects in a vehicle. Through further investigation, deputies discovered the occupants of the vehicle were in possession of copper wire, metal blocks and burglary tools. These items were later identified as property owned by New Hanover County Government and had been removed from the tower site. Douglas Reid Cox, 32-year old of Lumber Bridge, Melissa Ann Smith, 31-year old of Fayetteville, and Quinton Ryan Yanick, 21-year old of Maxton were all arrested and charged with Felony Breaking & Entering, Felony Larceny, Felony Conspiracy, and two counts of Felony Damage to a Computer Network. Cox, Smith, and Yanick all remain in custody at the New Hanover County Detention Facility, each under a $150,000 secured bond.

Incident Note: 1306 Hill Valley Walk is a tower site owned by New Hanover County Government. This site houses communication equipment for New Hanover County, Charter Communications and AT&T. The equipment damaged and/or removed did not cause a disruption of public safety communications.

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