UPDATE: Sheriff’s office issues red alert following search for two people in Pender County

PENDER COUNTY (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriffs Office continues to investigate following a rash of motor vehicle break ins and larcenies that occurred in the area around Country Club Road last night.

A Pender County Deputy observed two vehicles operating carelessly and recklessly coming from Canter Crest Drive onto US Hwy 17.

Both vehicles failed to stop at the stop sign and were speeding.

When the deputy attempted a traffic stop, both vehicles fled.

One of the violator vehicles crashed near Long Leaf Drive and US Hwy 17 in a single vehicle collision.

Upon crashing, both occupants fled the vehicle on foot.  The driver was described as a tall, (6’), thin build, black male wearing a white T shirt and blue jeans.

The passenger was described as a tall(6’) thin build black male wearing a dark colored hoodie and dark color jeans.

Both subjects had short hair.

It is believed that one of the male subjects may be in possession of a firearm possibly stolen earlier in the night.

The vehicle was later to be determined to have been stolen in the late hours of Thursday May 12.

The other vehicle that fled was located a short time later at the Scotchman Store, Country Club and Hwy 17.

This vehicle was reported stolen out of Craven County. Two subjects fled from that location on foot as well but were apprehended later in the morning.

It is believed that the subjects were going neighborhood to neighborhood looking for unlocked motor vehicles.

Our office has received several larceny reports this morning following the Code Red Alert that was sent out by local Emergency Management officials.

This investigation is still ongoing, we will update with names of suspects and applicable charges when we are able to do so.

If anyone has information or believes that you may have been targeted by this group of individuals, you are asked to contact the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at 910-259-1212.

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