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ONLY ON 3: Defendant sues sheriff, prosecutor for harassment, violating rights

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County business owner charged with dealing in stolen goods has filed a lawsuit against some big names in law enforcement. Andrew Gentile says he suing them for violating his constitutional right and harassment.

The 43-page lawsuit names the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff John Ingram and former Assistant District Attorney Meredith Everhart among others for a variety of missteps.

"One of the most intriguing facts to us is that Mr. Gentile could end up being charged for a crime in which he had initially been deemed a victim," Gentile's attorney Brad Hill said. "That's something that you don't see too often."

Andrew and Christine Gentile allege the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office started targeting and harassing them because of Andrew's work as a private investigator.

Deputies arrested Andrew for knowingly possessing stolen goods, even though the woman who sold the items to his pawn shop has been convicted of defrauding the business during the sale.

Gentile's attorney says this is just one example of issues his client had with the sheriff's office.

"It's just tough to believe that the proximity and the number of times that these things weren't merely a coincidence," Hill said.

In the suit the Gentiles make a number of claims including false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and the counts of violating his constitutional rights. The Gentiles want damages of more than $10,000 on each of the seven accusations, because they claim their business has suffered.

"His business has definitely suffered if for no other reason than he can't get on the stand, and that's a big part of his job as a private investigator," Hill said. "To that extent, he is damaged goods until his name is cleared."

The sheriff's office would not comment on the pending lawsuit.

Everhart, who now works for the City of Wilmington, also would not talk about the case.

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Hmmmm

It takes a lot of money to file this type of lawsuit. These folks are not kidding around.

A Pawn Broker's "reputation"

A Pawn Broker's "reputation" ? Give me a break. Would not be surprised if this guy does Bail-Bonding, and Vehicle Repo, also.

reputation

You would be wrong..stop making stupid assumptions about something you are ignorant of

What a joke!

Somehow I'm not surprised that Gentile is suing everyone in sight. He had no credibility or respect from other law enforcement when he was an officer and now it seems that has followed him into his new profession. He's crying foul because he got busted for doing the wrong thing at the wrong place. Anyone in the business of owning a pawn shop should know that caution and vigilance are paramount when it comes to buying anything from anybody. That's just common sense and if other pawn shop owners can understand that concept, then if Gentile chooses to operate this kind of business he should be able to understand it too. That's just plain common sense. There are plenty of credible shops and he just gives them all a bad name by using poor judgment. If in doubt, then don't buy it - period. Who cares if the seller was later charged and convicted. A former law enforcement officer and current private investigator should have had some clue or suspicion that this lady was up to no good.
As for harassment by the Sheriff's Office - I find it hard to believe that he is the Victim. Ask anybody at the government complex and they will tell you that the chip on Gentile's shoulder is pretty large when he walks through the door at the courthouse or the sheriff's office. Being a former cop doesn't entitle him to special treatment as a private investigator. Again, another concept that should be common sense.
As for his reputation as a private investigator being damaged due to his maltreatment by everyone in sight - that's a joke also. Gentile has damaged his own reputation in this line of work and has no one to blame but himself. How many attorneys actually trust him enough to use him for investigations and more importantly rely on him to testify as a credible expert? That in and of itself should give him pause as to whether this line of work is really what he's best suited for.

What I heard......

It seems that in most of the cases he has worked as a PI either get dismissed or person charged found not guilty by juries because the investigations have been so inept. Ratting out bad investigative work by law enforcement is something that should not be applauded...it should be condemned.

Heard

When a private investigator with an extensive law enforcement background is hired by an attorney to investigate the circumstances surrounding that attorney's client and the investigator turns up evidence of malfeasance, manufactured evidence or impropriorties that results in a mistrial or a jury rendering a not guilty verdict, is it the investigators fault???? Could it be that law enforcement in this area is lax and ill prepaired and should re-evaluate their investigative procedures and actually follow the law themselves to achieve a conviction. Don't shoot the messenger..he just did his job in ferreting out the actual facts. Don't take revenge because someone pointed out the failures of law enforcement, fix the problems with law enforcement. This case is so typical of "small town" law enforcement---"if you ain't wid us, you must be a'gin us and we'll get yew" When it comes down to it, all we really have is our "good name" and our convictions of "right and wrong". All this man is doing is trying to right some wrongs and clear his good name.
Attacking him because he brought the truth to light is cowardly.

Joke

The joke is on you! He is highly regarded in the legal field and within legitimate law enforcement organizaqtions. Having seen the quality of law enforcement in Brunswick County and the numerous reports in the news of their missteps and mistakes, he has far superior knowledge of law enforcement than they do. His knowledge & exerience has obviously "touched a nerve". Yours sounds like a case of "sour grapes". Be very careful of character assassination.

Awesome Job

The only reason they are coming after Andy, is he did a report on how our so called sheriffs department investigation was done during a case. The information provided will set the person free or will win the person big bucks once his family sues the county.

The only service Pawn Shops

The only service Pawn Shops provide to this area, is they feed money to the crack dealers, and increase property crimes.

Service

Lets just hope you never lose your job or become so down and out that you would need to pawn your TV set or your wife's rings to get enough money to feed your family. Many people have had to do just that.

PAWN SHOPS AREN'T ALL BAD

I HAVE BEEN IN AND SHOPPED AT A LOT OF PAWN SHOPS IN MY LIFE TIME. AND YES THERE ARE A FEW THAT GIVE A BAD NAME TO ALL OF THEM BUT I HAVE KNOWN THE PEOPLE FROM THE REDGATOR PAWN FOR YEARS AND THEY ARE THE EXCEPTION TO THE RULE. I HAVE BEEN TREATED WITH NOTHING BUT RESPECT AND HONESTY WHEN I GO THERE. I FEEL COMFORTABLE IN RECOMMENDEDING THEM TO MY FRIENDS AND FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH MY FAMILY BEING IN THERE. I FEEL AWFUL THAT THEY WERE TREATED LIKE THEY WERE FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE - THEY DON'T NEED TO BE TREATED LIKE THEY WERE WHEN THERE ARE REAL CRIMINALS ON THE STREET

look to the left side

It appears you have left your caps lock on. Find that button and press it once.

Serving a need in the community

Yes, pawn shops do get a bad rap...but so do many other businesses..ex: auto repair shops, lawyers , car dealerships etc. Small community based pawn shops, as the one in this article, serve a need in their area. In this economy, with so many unemployed, people are forced to part with their belongings just to get gas money or money to buy food to feed their families and pay their bills. Many people use pawn shops to get rid of their junk--one man's junk is another man's treasure. Unless a person comes in with "CRIMINAL" tatooed on their forehead, a pawn shop owner has no way of knowing if the person selling or pawning an article has stolen it or not. Looks can be deceiving and is there any clear cut definition of what a criminal looks like? Many pawn shops "ban" customers once they have information that person has a history of pawning stolen merchandise. If they unknowlingly take in stolen merchandise and a police report is made, the item(s) are turned in to the police. Take a closer look at this Mom & Pop business--they are hard working members of their community just trying to make an honest living. Last I heard a pawn shop is a legitimate business that pays taxes and abides by the rules and oversite of that type business. This particular shop has no history of problems.

If a woman, who appeared to

If a woman, who appeared to be a drug addict, wanted to sell me power tools, at 1/10th their value, I would be a little suspicious. Maybe they might be stolen. And maybe it is immoral for me to buy them. Maybe, by buying them, I am supporting drug addiction, and burglary. Maybe I'm capitalizing off other peoples addictions, and misfortunes? Maybe, just maybe ?

They Know What They Are Doing!

When I first moved to Brunswick County back in 2002 from overseas, my home was broken in to. I found a DVD in a pawn shop in Shallotte from the area I had just come from even though the Pawn shop owner said he hadn't bought any DVDs lately. He lied right to my face and that was the only DVD I ever got back from his shop because he couldn't deny it was from where I had just come from. So YES, they are crooks and know they are trafficking in stolen goods more often than not but they don't care as long as they turn a profit. No wonder they all have a bad reputation.

Pawn shops know they are buying stolen goods

I had some power tools stolen a few years ago. The detective who took the report suggested I check the local pawn shops. Sure enough not 6 blocks away I find most of my tools. I called the detective and he got them back. He told me that these shops know they are often buying stolen goods. They are just playing the odds that no one will come looking for them or have proof of ownership.

You should check the pawn shops?

What are we paying the cops for? That is their job. I'd file a complaint in a heartbeat if a LEO told me to do his job. First of all, the pawn shop ain't gonna give you anything back without a fight. The cop can get it back at once.

Don't fall for this lazy detective's game. Let him do his job or file a complaint. That is why almost no stolen property is ever recovered. Lazy cops that want you to do their jobs for them.

Cops

Hate to break it to you,but that's not what we are paying cops to do. Maybe when they're done checking all the pawn shops they can stop back and mow your lawn.

Keystone Kops

Law enforcement in this area is a joke. All one has to do is read the paper or watch the news to learn of another stupid blunder made by New Hanover, Brunswick & Pender counties. I commend these people for stepping forward and saying "enough is enough". Its time Brunswick County gets what it deserves and hopefully some serious house cleaning will happen. Its time for the "good old boys" to go. There also needs to be serious evaluations made of law enforcement training standards in this area.

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE

The truth shall set you free or thats the way it should be, but not down here in Brunswick County.. He was working on my husbands case as a PI and expert witness, when they would go thru his information coming to the court house. That is a violation of my husbands rights to a fair trial. The deputy that filed the charges lied to the magistrate to get 2 of the warrants. We need more people looking to Merdith and the sheriff's department down here.

Well

Well seems you married a criminal and maybe you should look into another spouse

Well back

Well FACT 1... IF YOUR LOVED ONE HAD ONLY GOTTEN A 3 HOUR INVESTIGATION OVER 5 DAYS, FACT 2... NO EVIDENCE UNLESS AMERICAN PIE IS PORN???? FACT 3.. DECTIVE ADMITTED ON THE STAND THAT SHE LIED TO THE MAGISTRATE TO GET THE ARREST WARRANT.. FACT 4...WAS STATED ON THE STAND THAT HE WAS NOTCH NUMBER 97 ON THIS DEPUTIES BELT...FACT 5 HE IS PROBLEY A BETTER MAN THAN YOU.. FACT 6 IF YOU WASNT SCARED TO SAY HOW YOU FEEL YOU WOULD PUT YOUR NAME UP THERE.. FACT 7 THEY TRIED TO HIDE INFORMATION IN A FILE TO DISCREDIT A WITTNESS DURING MY HUSBANDS TRAIL..FACT 8 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE TRANSCRIPT I WILL BE GLAD TO FURNISH YOU A COPY AT MY COST, EVERYTHING I SAID IS ON THE RECORD AND WILL BE MADE PUBLIC.. THEY HAVE NO RIGHT GOING THRU ANY PI'S FILES AS THE INFORMATION THEY CARY IS PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTAL AS AN ATTORNEY'S. NOW TO MOVE ON TO MORE RECENT CASES, THERE ARE 2 THAT JUST GOT DISMISSED OR FOUND NOT GUILTY AFTER SPENDING 1000 DAYS IN JAIL, FIRST ONE DECTIVIE STATED SHE DID NOT SEND OFF THE INFORMATION TO THE LAB, SIMPLEY BECAUSE SHE BELIEVED THE WITNESS?????? SO IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION JUST LET ME KNOW WILL BE GLAD TO GET YOU A COPY!!!!!!

truth

well you need to get Jon David to he won't even prosecute criminals. there have been 5 known criminals gone to court in Brunswick Co and he drops the charges on them. one of the men is a 6 time felon and he does nothing to him. Jon David is no different than Rex Gore. Solving crimes in the back room and getting paid by the attorneys.