Crime notebook: Armed robberies, weekend shootings and Brunswick break-ins

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Police suspect the man in this photo robbed two businesses at knifepoint. Photo courtesy of WPD.
Police suspect the man in this photo robbed two businesses at knifepoint. Photo courtesy of WPD.

Wilmington police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with two armed robberies reported over the weekend.

A white man reportedly robbed CVS, 4600 Oleander Drive, at about 4:51 a.m. Saturday, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. The suspect allegedly held the store clerk at knifepoint, took cash and ran out of the store. He wore a green hooded sweatshirt, shorts and a hat.

A second armed robbery was reported at the Smoothie King, 415 South College Road, at 8:52 p.m. Saturday, Lindsay said. The suspect reportedly told the clerk he had a knife and demanded money. The suspect in the Smoothie King robbery matched the same description as the CVS robbery and police suspect the same man robbed both businesses, Linsday said.

Man seriously injured in Saturday shooting

Wilmington police found a 30-year-old man, who had been shot, lying on the sidewalk in the 300 block of Kidder Street at about 4:36 a.m., according to Lindsay. A large crowd was reportedly running from the area when police arrived on scene.

Officers provided medical care to the victim until EMS arrived, Lindsay said. The victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for serious injuries.

According to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Spokeswoman Claire Parker, the victim has since been released from the hospital.

These investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.

New Hanover County

A man was shot in the mouth Sunday morning in the Castle Hayne area.

A 53-year-old man with a gunshot wound entered the Kangaroo gas station, 5717 Castle Hayne Road, just after 1 a.m. Sunday, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer.

The man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment, Brewer said.

“Due to the victim’s gunshot wound, he could not speak and information was limited,” Brewer said. “But detectives are following up on several leads.”

The victim has been released from the hospital, according to Parker.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 910-798-4161. Anonymous tips can be submitted on the sheriff’s office website.

Brunswick County

Two men were injured in a shooting in Brunswick County.

The men were shot at a home in the 2800 block of Brown Road in Bolivia just before 1 a.m. Sunday, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

The shooting allegedly occurred during a card game and party at the home, Flax said. The men were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

A 34-year-old victim has been released from the hospital, Parker said. A 40-year-old victim remained at the hospital on Monday in good condition.

Deputies have not made any arrests in connection with the incident, Flax said. The investigation is ongoing.

Reward offered in breaking and entering cases

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in a series of breaking and entering cases in Brunswick County.

Ten larceny and breaking and entering cases were reported Aug. 24-30 at homes in the Winnabow and Leland areas of the county, according to Flax.

Several items including firearms, electronics, cash and food were taken from the homes, Flax said. The incidents are suspected to have occurred during the day.

In Leland, six homes were broken into in the area of Town Creek and Maco roads, as well as four homes in Winnabow on Cherrytree, Bell Swamp and Green Hill roads.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Ronald Clarke at 910-386-7080.