Drone units help capture wanted man


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says a Shallotte man was taken into custody Wednesday night with the help of the sheriff’s office drone team.

The sheriff’s office says, Jacob Tyler Cortes, faces several charges, including felony assault on an individual with disability, felony conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, breaking or entering a motor vehicle, misdemeanor larceny and habitual breaking and or entering.

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Investigators say the Sunset Police Department initiated the charges on May 30.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says drone team members were able to locate Cortes after he ran into an area off of Stone Chimney Road. The drone team then guided deputies to him within minutes.

Cortes is being held under a $50,000 bond Brunswick County Detention Center.