FIRST ON 3: Boy kidnapped during Ogden break-in
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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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I'm sorry, but I believe I may not have given you complete information in my post, so I can understand why you posted what you did.

I was a single working mother, who paid for after school care for my child from 3:30 to 5:30 daily, to insure he wouldn't be home alone those last 2 hours while I was at work. We lived within walking distance of the school (about a 10 minute walk), but I paid a hefty sum to make sure my son didn't have to walk into an empty house after school. To this day, I don't regret paying extra to make sure he was safe.

With two parents working, it should be easier for them to pay after school care than it was for me...a single parent trying to swing daycare by herself. Whatever we have to pay, it's worth it to keep our children safe.

You sound like a great mom! I wondered the same thing, why is this little kid coming home to an empty house? Didn't happen when I grew up, if anything, my mom had a sitter waiting for me!

Praise God the little boy was physically unharmed. Prayers go out to him and his family as well as those in the area. Stay safe y'all.

Just ask the Sherrif...they KNOW who's doing it and where they come from. The apartments on Harris are the worst thing that ever happened to that area...

First of all, let me say that I am extremely happy that the little boy is safe and unharmed. This could have turned out so tragic. However, I don't consider this a "kidnapping". He came home and unfortunately walked into a scary situation. They detained him, most likely to keep him from running to a neighbor for help. But it is not a "kidnapping". Your headline makes it sound like they broke into the house and swept him away for a ransom. This type of crime is no different than if the burglars broke in and detained the residents while robbing them.

Yet, another attempt by WWAY to sensationalize the news.

The kid ran out and they went out after him. Under the law, if you take a person, even to another room against their will you have kidnapped that person.

Not to sound like a know it all, but kidnapping is defined as the act of keeping someone against their will. article 10 14-39

Gayle and I are glad Mason is okay. We were shocked to hear about this. We pray that the people will be caught and justice will take care of them for doing what they did to your family. We hope that serious charges will be put against them for kidnapping.

I also live in this neighborhood... 5 houses down from where the latest break in occurred. What is surprising to me is the lack of police presence and investigation into the recent crime spree in this area. The house next door was broken into twice within 2 weeks, the house across the street also broken into. Yet I dont see any police patrolling. I hope the detectives can catch the 2 thieves that are terrorizing this neighborhood.

I live in this neighborhood and was victimized by this and I can honestly say that while these events were shocking when they occurred, it is sadly not surprising THAT they occurred. The quality of this area has gone south, in my opinion because many of the long-term residents here have given up on the sense of "community". B & E, larceny, burglary and even a few murders have taken place on an escalating basis. We need our HOA to enact an email/text alert system to advise our neighbors that things like this happen. As it is, the majority have to wait to read it or see it on local media and by then, they have already been subject to unecessary risk and potential danger to their families. C'mon Meadowbrook.....take action!!!

Your HOA isn't the answer. Even if they took up the cause they will only find a way to 'incur' additional charges and send you notice that your annual dues are increasing. Law enforcement doesn't monitor or enforce any other violations such as the stretch of White Rd that very closely resembles the Indy 500 - they only react when something has happened as a result of inaction. You and your neighbors looking out for each other, organizing a community watch or at least getting to know one another and exchanging info is your best bet.

Your security is not their responsibility. Even if it was, you wouldn't be able to count on them for anything other than harrassment and collecting your money.

Start yourselves a community watch with a database of resident email addresses if you want a warning system. You people have to count on each other, not a non-functional, silly a$$ed HOA group.

Lock your stuff up at night including your garages and autos. Keep a shotgun readily available and know how to use it. Communicate with each other as neighbors on a regular basis. That's all the warning system a neighborhood needs. YOU as residents take control...nobody else gives a flip and will simply read about you in the news.

The HOA in this area should enact some sort of security patrol to allow residents a bit of peace of mind. If measures are taken to show the would be vandals and thieves that the community will NOT TOLERATE living in fear and suspicion. Set up community watch, have the sheriff's dept do extra patrol, etc. Ask who the strangers are you see walking in front of your homes. Those of us that are able need to be on the look out to protect the children and elderly. Be proactive and protect yourselves by living smart. That neighborhood needs cleaning up!

If you want it done - Go door to door yourself to set up the neighborhood contact list.

GREAT POINT! HOA needs to step it up! You want your dues on time now do something with them!

I live near here also and can't believe I didn't find out until today what was going on! The helicopter has been flying around a lot recently and I had no idea why. We need to be informed ASAP, not only to be extra cautious ourselves, but also so we can be on the look out for any suspicious people or activity. I always try to remember to lock my car, but now that I know whats going on I will be sure to double check it.

I live on White RD. and I am disapointed that these breakins have not been reported more fully. I have not seen anything reported in the Star News or on the WECT news. I commend WWAY for their coverage and our efficient HOA of SunCoast Villas for notifying us by E-Mail news. Otherwise I would probably still be in the dark. I am tuning out WECT and will start watching WWAY, for at least they covered it. I think the authorities should have notified us, A while back I received a phone call from some authority, I think Sheriff Dept. to be on the lookout for a missing man that had dementia. WHY WERENT WE NOTIFIED BY THE AUTHORITIES AT THE PROPER TIME ABOUT THESE BREAK INS? I saw the helecopter hovering over our house and walked down the street trying to figure out what the big deal was. STILL, NO ONE BOTHERED TO NOTIFY US. MAKES ME ANGRY. Yes it was a kidnapping. Quit making such a big deal about a word, and think about the poor child that was the victim.

I am glad the boy is safe, and the father is right everything in the house is replaceable.

For his neighbors who's cars were broken into that's what you get for leaving your car unlocked. You don't leave anything unlocked this day in age. I don't care where you live, gate community, apt, housing development you always lock your car! There is so much that can be stolen from your car and if nothing is stolen they can damage the car inside and cost you thousands. So come on people you use common sense lock your car! If you don't and get broken into I don't feel sorry for you and no one else should. Leaving your car unlocked is just welcoming trouble into your car.

Leaving anything unlocked, (doors, windows, cars etc). It doesn't matter people are idiots they break into anything they can get their hands onto.

Be street smart! It could save you alot of money and big headaches! Even when you lock your car hide everything valuable in your console, glove box or trunk so they can't look in your windows and see stuff laying around in your car.

locks are for honest ppl. if somebody wants in....they WILL get in....car or house. just saying.

There are not alot of honest people in this world very few. Most cars this day and age if it's locked you know they have something called an Alarm. And when someone hits or breaks into your car the ALARM will go off and attract attention to themselves.

So if you leave your car, house etc unlocked your asking for trouble and welcoming in someone to take all your valuable.

So you know I am just saying locking and alarms pay off!

I disagree. Honest people don't need locks. Yes, if a burglar really wants in, he will get in...but most of the time, they want an easy hit. In and out. So if a car or house are locked, they will usually try to get one that's unlocked so it doesn't slow them down.

Honesty has nothing to do with break in's. People are idiots leave their stuff unlocked thinking everything is okay, but yet when something happens they want all the sympathy in the world!

I have no sympathy for idiots who leave house,car, windows unlocked that is just pure stupidity and welcoming in robbers. You get what you deserve!

I have no sympathy for people who leave house, windows, cars unlocked that is just pure ignorance!