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Teenager arrested after allegedly trying to steal police officer's truck


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A 17-year-old man has been arrested and charged with Breaking and Entering an Automobile after an off-duty police officer observed someone breaking into his own truck around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, the officer saw Hunter Lee Costen look into a van that was parked in the officer's driveway on Headwater Cove Lane and try unsuccessfully to open the door. When the officer saw Costen approach his truck, he retrieved his department-issued weapon, and went outside to find the suspect halfway inside the truck.

The officer placed Costen in handcuffs and called 911 for an on-duty officer to respond.

Three other break-ins occurred in the same neighborhood the night before. Those cases are now under review.

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All you bleeding hearts need to swallow a band-aid and quit trying to make excuses for low life criminals such as these. He is lucky the officer had restraint or he might have been eating several large bullets. Cities all ove the U.S. need to take back the streets from the thugs and the hoodrats who think they are owed a living because they are to lazy and stupid to get an education and work.

Lastly may I say, I hope

Lastly may I say, I hope that if anything ever happens to any of you or anyone in your families, that people do not hurt you as some of you have criticized people you do not even know. May God be with you and your hearts as you lay your heads on your pillows tonight! I promise if your day comes, none of use will comment with harsh words, we will lay our heads down and say a prayer.


"Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne

I am so glad you all have

I am so glad you all have nothing better to do than talk junk about my family. We are very hurt by what has happened but strong enough not to care what you all have to say. As for his parents they are wonderful hard working people who tried their best to raise him right. Influences by others can sometimes be stronger than us parents. Well if you have anything else to say how about direct it to me, I will gladly put you in your place. Thank you to my neive for defending my family, I got it from here hun!


If you don't care what we have to say then why bother responding to the posts? And yes this is directed towards you! So while you might think you can put me in my place, shouldn't you instead take the time to put your punk thug family member in place?

Your family...

Your family sounds like a bunch of jacka**es. Next time one of the fools you are related to does something like this they might not be so lucky. They might find someone who will shoot first and ask questions later. This was not a mistake, this was his choice to be stupid, and he got caught. As for you putting me in my place go for it. I'm not the one facing felony charges like your stupid relative.SO BITE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!


Very scary. I don't know about you or your family other than he is a little punk thief that is a waste of space.

The good Lord doesnt make

The good Lord doesnt make mistakes so I do believe that he is not a waste of space. I will not defend his actions they were wrong, but for people to talk about his family is wrong. God gave us free will, we all make bad decisions, hopefully we learn and grow from them. The good book says judge not or ye shall be judged. I know it says thou shalt not steal, and he will answer for his as you all will answer for yours. I will keep you in my prayers as I do him also.

On the next episode of

On the next episode of Smoking Gun Presents World's Dumbest...

Seriously, I have seen parents who have done things the right way and their kids still turn out to be criminals. There does come a point in time when a person knows right from wrong and is accountable for his own actions. I believe this boy is of such an age and the blame should not be placed so heavily on the parents.

All of you

While what my cousin did is wrong there is no need for name calling.His parents don't drink for your information.You people obviously have nothing better to do than to sit on your a$$e$ and criticize a minor. Haven't you ever done anything wrong???He made a mistake and now he's paying for it.Have some respect for our family.

Your cousin's picture is next to the definition of "IDIOT"... the Webster's dictionary, YOUR picture is right next to him for supporting his idiocy!

Respect? For what? Being an over-acheiver in the Darwin Files?

You need to lay off the oxycontin dude, you're borderline psychotic on top of being a supreme idiot!!!

No, he made a choice

As we have said, a mistake is putting in too much sugar in your coffee, not setting the alarm (but you don't have a job, so no worry) but jiggling car handles to find an unlocked vehicle to steal from is a choice. Your cousin is trash and if you want respect for your family, earn it.

You people should consider

You people should consider other peoples feelings, especially those who are family members of his. Instead of posting idiotic remarks about what you think, comment on what you know, not what you aassume. You what assume does, makes an ass out of you and me. Stop being jackasses and have respect.

This is not what I think but rather what I know.....

I will leave out what I think and skip right over to what I KNOW!! He is a punk, and a stupid one at that. He got caught. With any luck he will be locked away and become best friends with Bubba. Why should we show any respect to this idiot? Respect is something you earn. You will learn that later in life when you grow up. Well on second thought I doubt you ever will learn much of anything.

No, only you

No, since you are defending this lowlife scum criminal, it only makes an ass out of you.

Parents held accountable

The PARENTS need to be held accountable... wait... who am I kidding? That would mean they would care... at this very moment they're probably passed out drunk in their recliner with an empty beer can in their hand and 25 more on the floor, totally oblivious to what's happening to this boy, nor would they care.

this boys parents are the

this boys parents are the most hard working loving people i have ever known. this boy turned his back on his family for street friends an due to the wonderful laws in N.C you can only do so much with your kids anymore. never judge a family by one stupid kids mistakes.


He should have shot the little Bast@rd. How did the officer know he was unarmed it would have been justified. Its about time the good people of Wilmington took back the city from a**holes like this.

Sad But So True......

There is just no cure for STUPID!......STUPID is forever. His mug shot should be used as the poster child for birth control.


This guy is a shining example of today's youth.

Just when you thought you have seen the most ignorant criminal, he comes along and raises the bar.

Good luck with your probation.

Another punk

Stupid piece of thug trash.


A 17-year-old man ? MAN? Hardly. Punk needs his butt whooped.

I think that journalism

I think that journalism standards allow for defendants charged as adults first to be named in an article.... since "eligible" to be tried as an adult, they are referred to as "adult" i.e., a man or woman.

Enough of my bloviations, though.... the real reason for this is that Sandusky is going to need cellmates.

Where o where could they be??

Just an observation from a white guy...
Where are all the usual comments about this low life, criminal, thug, etc, etc??
I guess this one isn't dark enough for you??
Just sayin'...
Merry Christmas!

Here o here is where they be!!

Just an observation from another white guy...
Maybe you didn't give it enough time genius. See the above posts. Any further questions?
Just sayin'...

WPD - arrest trying to steal his truck (WPD;s truck)

That's great. I hope more thieves try to steal from a WPD officer!!! We have a great police department even when off duty. Thieves need to be alert to the fact one doesn't know who lives where - do one!!!!

Now, we venture into a new realm termed....

..."SuperDumba$$"! This punk breaks into a police officers car, in the the middle of the bright sunlight...while the officer is at home, watching him. I wonder if he rang the doorbell first?
Hunter boy, do you always go through this much trouble to make your mummy an' deddie so proud of you?

Dumb Crooks

There is a "Dumb Crooks" feature in Encore. This guy should be featured.
However, he is probably out of jail by now and trying to break into somebody else's car.

Maybe the next guy will not be a cop. Maybe he believes in justice by 38 or 44 or whatever it takes to keep this scum off our streets.