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Gary Dixson Shelton
Gary Dixson Shelton

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Southport man in connection with a robbery at a store on Long Beach Road.

A man reportedly entered the Tobacco Road Outlet, 4956 Long Beach Road in Southport, and demanded cash from the store clerk at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

The suspect—44-year-old Gary Dixson Shelton Southport–was arrested about an hour later, Flax said. No one was hurt during the incident. The cash was recovered by detectives. According to arrest warrants, Shelton is charged with taking $217 from the store.

Shelton has been charged with common law robbery. He was booked at the Brunswick County jail under a $15,000 secured bond.


Leland police are searching for information about damage to the golf course at Brunswick Forest.

An unknown person is suspected of driving recklessly on the Cape Fear National Golf Course, 1281 Cape Fear National Drive in Leland, in the early morning hours of June 28, according to Leland Police Department Lt. Jeremy Humphries. The vehicle reportedly caused extensive damage to the course.

The investigation is ongoing, Humphries said. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Leland Police Department at 910-371-1100.


Wilmington police are investigating an armed robbery and assault at a Market Street hotel.

Two men robbed a 25-year-old woman and 30-year-old male as they were walking through the parking lot of The Carolinian Inn, 2916 Market St., at about 2 a.m. Saturday, according to police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

The suspects approached the victims from behind the dumpster, struck the woman in the face with a handgun and had both victims empty their pockets, Lindsay said. The suspects ran toward Indochine restaurant.

One suspect is described as a black male who is 5 feet 6 inches tall with shoulder length dreadlocks. He wore a red shirt and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as a 6-foot tall black male who weighs about 220 pounds. He wore a white shirt and jeans.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3600 or via Text-a-Tip at Tip708, then type your tip.