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Steven Spell Jr.
Steven Spell Jr.

A Habitat for Humanity volunteer was recently charged with stealing a van from the nonprofit’s store in Leland.

Steven Lynn Spell Jr., 20, of Leland, was arrested Tuesday on charges of breaking and entering, larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle and safe cracking, according to Leland Police Department Lt. Jeremy Humphries.

On Tuesday, detectives began an investigation into a break-in at the Habitat for Humanity Restore on Village Road, where a store van had been stolen, along with $750, which was taken from a safe, Humphries said.

Spell was reportedly found driving the van in Southport, Humphries said. The van was found in good condition. Detectives have not recovered the money.

“Steven Spell Jr. was a volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Restore at the time that the incident occurred,” Humphries said. “That money would have been used by Habitat for Humanity to assist families in need.”

Spell was booked at the Brunswick County jail under a $20,000 secured bond.


No injuries were reported in a armed robbery Wednesday that police say occurred over drug deal.

Police responded to the 400 block of South College Road at University Commons Shopping Center near the campus of UNC-Wilmington for a reported armed robbery, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Two men–ages 29 and 37–were reportedly trying to buy marijuana from two men in the parking lot, Lindsay said. The two suspects took the victims’ cash. When one of the victims chased the suspects, one suspect fired a single shot at the victim, Lindsay said. The suspects drove away from the area in a silver BMW. No injuries or property damage were reported in the shooting.

The suspects are described as two black men with dreadlocks. The investigation is ongoing, Lindsay said.

Man charged with heroin possession

Khaleel Truesdale
Khaleel Truesdale

A Wilmington man was charged with possession of heroin on Wednesday.

Officers approached three people standing next to a vehicle in the 300 block of Grass Lane at the Woodbridge apartments off Princess Place Drive just after 11 p.m., according to Lindsay.

Officers stopped Khaleel Dajour Truesdale, 19, of Wilmington from running away from the area and searched him, Lindsay said. Police reportedly found 80 bindles of heroin in Truesdale’s pocket.

Truesdale was arrested and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and second-degree trespassing.

He was taken to the New Hanover County jail and placed under a $500,000 secured bond.