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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Every family fears having their home broken into, but one Wilmington family went though something worse. Their 10-year-old son walked into the house while two people were still ransacking the home making him a victim of two crimes.

The neighborhood on White Road is quiet for the most part, but Tuesday afternoon that was not the case. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says two people broke into a home in broad daylight. What happened next would scare any parent.

“My youngest son encountered the guys that were in our home when he got off the bus from school,” Ray Cockrell said. “He’s a trooper. He was brave. He was not hurt. He was not harmed.”

Ten-year-old Mason ran out the home, but the burglars chased him down, forcing him back in as they continued to look through the home before running away themselves.

Ray Cockrell says the thieves snatched a few items, including a rifle. Investigators later found the items in a creek behind the home.

“You hear about these things happening to other people. You never expect this to happen to your family,” Cockrell said.

The Cockrells’ neighbors are shocked to hear a crime like this can hit so close to home. They are taking extra precautions to make sure they stay safe and that this doesn’t happen to anyone else in the neighborhood.

“It does put you on alert a little bit,” neighbor Allison Mason said. “We just use caution getting home, looking, making sure everything outside looks normal before I went in just ’cause I know they broke-in through a window.”

The Sheriff’s Office says the home break-in is not the only recent crime off of White Road. There have been several vehicles broken into, as well. Investigators have been busy collecting information on those crimes, but say in many of the car break-ins the doors were unlocked.

As for the Cockrells, they say there is much to learn from what happened Tuesday.

“Your family is all you have; your family and your home, so don’t take for granted those things and make sure you appreciate them,” Ray Cockrell said.

The Sheriff’s Office has not released a description of the two suspects who broke into the Cockrells’ home, but investigators hope to make an arrest soon.

They advise everyone out there to take simple precautions like locking up your car and home.

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Guest t
2015 years 9 months ago

I have read all your responses, suggestions and concerns listed below and it saddens me to think that most people are looking for someone else to blame.

I too, have a young child and feel the same thoughts: if someone tried to harm my child for any reason, i couldn’t even say what i would do!

Thank god, this family is safe tonight….. sadly, I’m sure they will have a hard time fully recovering from this experience. I know I would.

Please know you & your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this disturbing time and if we can assist in anyway, please let us know. There really are good neighbors surrounding you that are trustworthy and helpful.

The fact of the matter is we have a crimewatch in our neighorhood. We have a couple of hundred homes in our area and yet I hate to say but only a couples of families signed up for the last meeting.

Please understand, when crime was at a high in our neighborhood many, many, many families attended the meetings. As crime dropped, families dropped from the meetings.

It is not the responsibility of any HOA to protect our homes, neighbors and families. It is our responsibilty, as a community, with the guidance of our local police and sheriff’s office to help and protect each other.

The sheriff’s office has a great staff to assist your community in developing a crimewatch program in your area. The hard part is finding enough people to join……or to stay concerned when crime is low.

This message is for all truly concerned…………

Get to know your neighbors. I’m not asking you to invite them over for christmas dinner but, just a hello or how are you will serfice.

Let your neighbors on each side of you know you are watching them and thier home.

If eveyone did this all homes would be protected in your neighborhood.

There is help and guidance out there to assist you in preventing crime in your area.

I have to do everything i can to prevent this from happening to my home, what about you??

What are you going to do to make your home & community a safer place?

What are you willing to do to make your elders and children safe? My limits are endless with the right resources and the right tools!

Sincerely,
Pattie

Guest6969696969
2015 years 9 months ago

We, residents of Long Leaf Park, feel your rage about getting “broken-into”…
From the Details I’ve gleened from this Artical, it seems your “Intruders” are from Lower Income people from a Apartment complex near-by.. Secondly, they are most likely Teen-agers at or just under 18 years of age..

Though WE here in Long Leaf Park AND Surrounding bussiness have been dealing with these Problems for a Loong time. By the same Token OUR “Theives” are & were “teen-agers” with 1 or 2 that were just over 18. They have broken into over 20 “duplexes” & numerious homes and business’s, plus homes in neighboring SunSet Park, AND yes, were Finally caught.. One is in Jail, one was deported back to Mexico, while the younger “Thugs”, are still out, because the Judge & DA in these cases “felt sorry” for these young Hoodliums, letting them go just about scott free..
(They should have let the VICTIMS of these “home Invasions” I call’em as thats what they are in reality, deal with these young punks, setting a example, Then I would bet that this wouldn’t happen anymore, or a PUBLIC “caning”/Flogging in front of the courthouse).

Now again, as other times past, We are seeing a “resurgance” of break-ins again, same “Kids” commiting the same crimes, while the WPD, quoting them, say these Kids are giving them a Major headache,cannot do much except arrest and Let the wheels of Justice turn,

    turning in favor of these Lil Criminals
    …While WE; the Residents, cannot do much except ARM ourselves & use video survailance on our own homes,or get a MEAN Dog, though sometimes even that isn’t helping..While trying to recoup our “losses”, hoping it won’t “happen again”. It’s SAD when one of these Criminals Boost’s on Facebook, “That the Law cannot stop Me”…….

    Residents of White Road, feel blessed that you don’t also have to put up with Crack-houses, and Whores, and Homeless people in your neighborhood also,OUR neigborhood roads mostly treated like “Drag-Strips” for racing 4-wheeler bikes and Pimped out cars, or ILLEGALS driving DWI everyday,(Look around here at our fences in most yards are damaged), as We have to.. Text-a-tip does NOTHING. If your suspected of calling or doing so, your LIFE is in Danger, or your home and Car is then vandalized…

    In Closing, while WE in LLP, feel your “outrage”, do yourself a favor, get a weapon/dog/home survailance.. It does help “somewhat”.
    In addition I’m telling those that can READ, to those punks in Long Leaf Park..
    Trying to set-up a “community Watch” here, ended up with the CRIMINALS them-selves attending, noting the people whom they are to target, or not, getting “Intel” on what your planning to do. Sad but true..

    Ya’ll Lil Thugs, come around MY Home your going to get SHOT , no if’s ands or but’s about it. You going to WISH the police are around to protect YOU from MY WRATH…

    To the MOTHERS of these CRIMINALS, don’t come cring on here or other Local news outlets about “He/She was such a good person Bull-S**T, they committed a crime, or happen to break-into someones home, they DESERVE whats coming…Remember that; as you let those Heathens run loose all hours of the night..It falls on YOU, the PARENTS!
    Signed, a outraged Long Leaf Park Resident

Guest111
2015 years 9 months ago

I am very sorry this happened to this family. This time last year my home was broken into and I walked in on the scumbags. I live in an adjoining neighborhood and this totally fits the m.o. of the thugs that broke into over 40 houses in the same area last year. THEY LIVE IN PARKWOOD AND ALAMOSA! They strike durong the day, usually when school is letting out to fit in with the kids walking home from the bus stop.
Yes the apartments of Harris have brought in a lot of crime, but a part of that was already here, right in our own back yards. The Sheriff’s department does the best they can patrolling the areas, and has always been responsive to our Community Watch’s requests for extra patrol. The problem lies with the judicial system who after these thugs are caught, gives them probation (in some cases not even monitered) and that’s it. Then as soon as their probation is up, they go and do it again, because they know they are only going to get a slap on the wrist. I used to put a lot of faith in our court system…no longer.

The bottom line is this: look out for your neighbors, call 911 if you see ANYTHING suspicious, lock your doors (use stop sticks and your alarm system if you have one), and don’t leave valuables in a locked or unlocked car. AND REMEMBER, WE NOW HAVE THE CASTLE DOCTRINE ON OUR SIDE.

WilmingtonMAJ
2015 years 9 months ago

HOW is this a kidnapping? Seriously WWAY…can your journalistic standards get any lower?

Here's the kicker
2015 years 9 months ago

Here’s a kicker, when I left late for work on Monday morning, there was a sign “inmates working” out on Shenandoah Road. I live in Brittany Woods and the LAST thing that I want to see are inmates working in my neighborhood!! This was early enough for the High School students to be around the neighborhood waiting for their buses. How safe is that? We have to take a stand and take back our neighborhood. Brittany Woods does not have an HOA and I would not rely upon them to help protect my neighborhood anyway. So the question is, what do we do to stop the nonsense. Neighborhood watch should be number 1 on the list. All Subdivisions should work together to get this started.

Also remember, it is Christmas season, and b&e, robberies, etc are always higher this time of year. Let’s be smart, lock everything. Forget who’s honest and who’s not. It’s not about that, it’s about protecting your family and the valuables that you work so hard for. POINT BLANK…

 

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