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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have issued a crime alert for people living near the 2500 block of Chestnut Street to Clay Street and neighborhoods between Princess Place Drive and Market Street after a string of break-ins. Police say there were four break-ins yesterday in and around the area.

Investigators say the thief entered through a rear window and stole electronic equipment. Victims believe the crimes happened between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. while some of them were at work.

The suspect is described as tall, thin, black male in his mid 20s, 6’2″-6’4″ with a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, red shorts and a red and blue baseball cap. One witness says the hat was on backwards.

Police say some of the windows were either left unlocked or were easily accessible. One lawn mower was stolen from a shed that was left unlocked.

If you have any information about these crimes or others please call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609, text Crimes (274637) start your text message with “Tip708” then type your message or call Crime stoppers at 1-800-531-9845.

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  • Guest3369

    Sorry WPD I won’t be calling you first; it will be second and you may want to bring an ambulance. Anyone breaks in my house, they won’t be leaving the same way they arrived.

  • WilmMan

    I couldn’t agree more…if more people felt this way, there would be less crime since there will be less criminals

  • Guest123123

    You might want to relocate your man power from downtown or at least have the ones working worry about the serious crime going on in this town. One of your bike patrol officers felt the need to pull me over on Front St last night and issue a citation for a seat belt violation. Just was moving my car from one location to the next and was going about 5mph. He was so concerned about my seat belt but did not even ask if I had been drinking. I was stunned a bike patrol officer downtown would actually waste his time with something so trivial. Im sure the next time two drunks are fighting downtown he will break it up and send them on their way. What a joke!!He seemed like the nervous type also. Probably scared of real police work.

  • Guest-o-matic

    This isn’t about you and your absurd complaint! Take it to the DA! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!

  • WilmMan

    wah wah way….cry me a river. Maybe next time you will put on your seatbelt. The manpower downtown you speak of is down there for a reason and that is their assigned area. Why would you relocate them elsewhere. Pay your ticket, shut up, and get over it.

  • mike G

    Most folks have a sob story when they get a ticket. Belly up to the bar and pay the tab like a man and quit whining.

  • Guestofwind

    Welcome to Wilmington Voted City of Thieves from 2000-2013

  • WolfHunter

    My first response to a home intruder… The sounds of my .40 hollow points, then a dial tone. I dare you…

  • antithug

    Why don’t they just sum it up and say “the hood” This increase must be part of the early holiday rush that the chief was speaking of!

  • Guests

    The Grand Ol’ Party cuts unemployment benefits, food stamps and education. Naturally, some will get desperate to either feed their families or pay for drugs they use to kill their pain.

    I expect more to come as we become divided between the haves and have-nots.

  • PublicAvenger

    There is an uptick of crime, in that normally quiet area, and the WPD is trying to reduce it, and catch the suspect. But I have news. Even though the WPD, and the NHCSD, are doing everything they can. Crime will slowly keep going up. In Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC, and the USA.

    As long as we have a “Welfare System” paying 16 years old girls, to get pregnant, out of wedlock, give them a free crib, subsistence, and food stamps. The more children they have, the more “benefits” they get. Crime, throughout the land, is going to rise.

    Who are the main victims in this ? The innocent children. Brought in by their mothers, who are children, themselves. Being raised by irresponsible mothers, without fathers, in crime infested “projects”. What do you expect the outcome to be ?

    Just look at Rashawn Hines, and his cousin. Something tells me, both those boys were raised in the fore-mentioned scenario. Twenty years later, we have two, out of control, criminal, thug, monsters. Being supported by a mother, and system, who couldn’t care less. Multiply this by hundreds in Wilmington, thousands in NC, and millions throughout the country. No wonder our prisons, are so overcrowded, and revolving door, at the courthouse, is constantly spinning.

    We need to stop all this welfare. These children deserve families, to raise them, not Creekwood. We need to fully employ capitol punishment. There are hundreds of murderers, child molesters, and drug traffickers, NC Prisons are paying hundreds of millions to keep and feed.

    The chief, and the sheriff, are doing everything they can, to put their finger in the dyke. With these task force teams, and new technology. Wilmington is clearly “safer then average”. But until the real problems, are addressed. Which come from a level, much higher then local law enforcement. “Safer Then Average”, is all we can expect.

  • Guest28373384848

    I live in a home in the princess place drive area and the break in’s are bein committed by the same person/people. They enter homes in broad daylight through windows and steal electronic equipment. All while people are working. Obviously homes are being watched and when they saturate one block, they move onto the next. I have even spoken with the WPD about my concerns with the recent break ins. I feel nothing will get done until the thief is killed by a homeowner protecting their property!

  • Guest123124

    Relocation because they don’t do any work done there.

  • WilmMan

    Looks like they were doing work seeing how you got a TICKET!!!!

  • Gues211

    They caught you, didn’t they? Of course your attorney will get it dismissed, so you can do it again. Why are you so upset since you DID break the law?

  • Guest123123

    No worries my attorney will get it dismissed! !!

  • Guest123123

    This is about 5 guys that stand around all night and check out the chicks . Their services could be used in all the areas mentioned in every other article about crime. That is the point. My attorney will handle the stupid ticket.

  • WilmMan

    Yeah well, your stupid attorney probably cost more than just paying off your ticket. Who’s the smart one now???


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