Crime notebook: Leland police investigate break-in at Bessie Burger

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Leland police are searching for the person in this photo, who is suspected to have broken into a burger restaurant. Courtesy photo.
Leland police are searching for the person in this photo, who is suspected to have broken into a burger restaurant. Courtesy photo.

Leland police are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a break-in at a local burger restaurant Monday night.

According to Leland Police Department Lt. Jeremy Humphries, the suspect reportedly broke into Bessie Burger restaurant, 1120 East Cutlar Crossing, located in The Villages at Brunswick Forest Shopping Center at about 10:46 p.m. Monday.

Detectives say there was significant damage to the business. Coutesy photo.
Detectives say there was significant damage to the business. Courtesy photo.

The thief forced entry into the business and there was significant damage to the restaurant, Humphries said. Police identified a suspect in surveillance video.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Leland Police Department at 910-371-1100.

Brunswick County

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two suspects in connection with several breaking and entering cases reported in the Leland and Winnabow areas.

Brayion Juan Dowd, 23, and Steven Alfonza Zeigler, 23, were arrested Sept. 3 on multiple breaking and entering charges, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

According to an August news release, Brunswick County detectives were investigating 10 larceny and breaking and entering cases reported Aug. 24-30 at homes in Winnabow and Leland. Several items including firearms, electronics, cash and food were taken from the homes, Flax said. The incidents are believed to have occurred during the day.

Dowd, of Wilde Way in Navassa, and Zeigler, of Tharp Avenue in Leland, were arrested “thanks to tips from the community,” Flax said. “The investigation is still ongoing. As additional leads and tips are followed up on, more arrests are expected,” she added.

Dowd has been charged with two counts of possession of stolen goods or property.  According to an arrest warrant, he is charged in connection with taking two laptop computers from a home on Sept. 2. He is being held at the Brunswick County Jail under a $1.5 million secured bond.

Zeigler has been charged with three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and attempted breaking and entering. According to arrest warrants, Zeigler is charged with breaking into four Leland homes and taking electronics, guns and money on Aug. 26. He is being held at the Brunswick County Jail under a $1,550,000 secured bond.

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

Brayion Juan Dowd
Brayion Juan Dowd

Steven Alfonza Zeigler
Steven Alfonza Zeigler