OAK ISLAND -- We now know what led authorities to arrest two teens for the murder of an oak island restaurant owner. According to the search warrant, the teens confessed to killing Phillip Cook. The search warrant lays out the details of what happened the night Phillip Cook was murdered. July 9 Cook left the Island Way restaurant he owned with a large leather bag full of money. Police say 18-year-old Josh Caudill and 19-year-old James Martin waited in the bushes near Cook's home and then attacked him. According to the warrant the teens beat Cook with a wooden two-by-four and a wood post, grabbed his bag of money and then went home. Cook's body was found on his front porch the next day. The cause of death was a severe blow to the head. Investigators say shortly after the murder, tips started coming in that Caudill and Martin were involved. Police were able to arrest the teens Wednesday morning on drug charges. The search warrant states the pair was interviewed after the arrest and made full confessions about robbing and beating Cook. After the confession, police searched the teens' home and found crystal meth along with other drug paraphernalia. Neither the two-by-four nor the wood post used to beat Cook were found. Police are still investigating Cook's murder. It's possible there may be more arrests. Anyone with any information should call the Oak Island Police Department at 910-278-5595.
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