Father and son wanted for thefts in New Hanover Co.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a father/son duo who are suspects in a several thefts across the county.

Deputies are looking Stephen Ridley and his son Zachary.

Investigators say the latest theft was at 2217 Castle Hayne Rd. They say the victim came home to find two of his lawnmowers missing along with most of his tools. The victim found his lawnmowers and tools at All Metal Recycling, where the deputies say the suspects had sold the property for scrap. Once the victim got home, he found the two suspects in his back yard trying to steal his stump grinder. Deputies say the victim confronted the Ridleys, who left in a white Ford F-150 with license plate VNA-7844.

The Sheriff's Office say this is just one of many larceny cases it is investigating involving the Ridleys. Other communities suspected of being hit by the duo are the Monkey Junction area, Castle Hayne, inside the city and Ogden areas.

Anyone with any information on the Ridleys should contact the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office at (910) 798-4162 or the tip line on the Sheriff's website.

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I was shocked. My son left home 2 yrs ago to live withnhis dad..downward spiral since. I didnt raise him to be like this. I am just crushed!!!

His Dad has a criminal record a mile long !! Why are you shocked?

Between that and the two arrested for theft in Brunswick county I am beginning to think that the family that steals together, stays together.

Most of the pawn shops and metal recyclers would go out of business if not for thieves like this.

The daddy has a rap sheet a mile long,

http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offender...

and the son was just covicted eight weeks ago for theft.

http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offender...

Why are they allowed to still be on the street victimizing the innocent?

I counted 14 Felonies on the Dad's Record... Starting in 1991. I guess we don't do the 3 strikes and your out, hunh? Some may have been duplicates, but come on... Career Criminal. Chop off a hand or two and he won't steal no more.

Two more "frequent flyers" of the criminal justice system and another two examples of why I would prefer my (tax) money be diverted to the building and staffing of more prisons instead of providing others housing, medical care, education, transportation, job training, daycare, cellphones, etc, etc.

Wilmington Observer

so therefore this administration has disappointed you because in the budget they are closing bladen prison because of lack of prisoners????
As reported here?

Vog

Vog, The facility is closing because it is an aging facility that
would vast repairs to bring it up to par. Inmates have been moving
out of this facility to other facilities for some time. This administration has made the right call on this one.

Ok so All Metal Recycling asks ZERO QUESTIONS? Isn't there a law that they have to have picture ID/finger prints or is that just for copper (which these 2 losers probably stole till that law started). Trash

all metal did follow proper procedure...that's how they were identified.

When the same guys show up everyday with things like working tools, equipment and A/C evaporator coils no one with any common sense is going to believe these scrap thieves are dumpster diving, buying or picking this stuff along the road.

I've taken 7 loads of scrap to the yard this week (won't name which one). The law is that you must be photographed WITH your items, and produce photo ID to prove your identity.

Pure trash, nothing more.

Might wanna check w the fathers dad... He's a local pastor who has a tv show on Sunday mornings. There is no way that he wouldn't protect them both. They are very spoiled and out of control boys. Both of these guys have kids too... They will surface at some point. Cops just need to check on where the kids are and monitor cell usage a d they will find them If they haven't already. Sad that they would steal rather than work honestly.

I'm back y'all:) hahahaha the real zack ridley I'm taking this back