Wilmington crime roundup: Police investigate armed robbery, grocery store break-in

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Jonathan Sweeney

Wilmington Police officers are investigating an armed robbery reported Saturday night.

Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said two victims were approached by three men just after 9 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of South 11th Street in Wilmington.

According to Crockett, the victims were ordered to get on the ground as the men robbed them at gunpoint.

James Patrick Freifeld

The suspects were wearing black, hooded sweatshirts and seen leaving in a black Chevrolet Trailblazer with tinted windows, Crockett said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600. Information can be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip by entering Tip708 with the information and sent to CRIMES (274637).

Several individuals were arrested for crimes reported over the weekend, including:

  • James Patrick Freifeld, 32, was charged with breaking and entering to Buffaloe’s grocery store at 4:42 a.m. Sunday at 4924 Wrightsville Ave. Freifeld was arrested a short distance from the store carrying a toolbox containing packs of cigarettes and beer, the same items that had been removed from the store, Crockett said. Freifeld was taken to the New Hanover County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $10,000 bond.
  • Jonathan Patrick Sweeney, 17, was arrested just before 4 a.m. Sunday at 506 Mill Creek Court for breaking and entering to a vehicle. He took various items from the vehicle, police allege. All items were recovered. Sweeney has posted bond and was released from custody.
  • Several teens were arrested just after 8 p.m. Saturday at Forest Hills Apartments, 2513 Battery Place. The teens are accused of attempting to break into vehicles and stealing from vehicles in the area. Police recovered those items. The teens, between the ages of 13 and 15, were charged as juveniles and released to the custody of their parents.