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Luther Melvin Johnson
Luther Melvin Johnson

Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a West Virginia man charged with breaking into a Calabash home and taking a laptop and 20 pairs of underwear.

Luther Melvin Johnson II, 46, of Oakvale, West Virginia, is wanted in connection with a January 12 break-in at a home in the 800 block of Tamasboro Road in Calabash, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

Johnson is wanted on charges of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, Flax said.

According to an arrest warrant, he is charged with taking a laptop, 20 pairs of underwear and a RCA tablet – all at a value of more than $600 – from the Calabash home.

Johnson is a white male who is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs approximately 240 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.  Detectives believe he is driving a gold Ford Taurus, Flax said.

Arrest in robbery that netted a hoverboard

Lewis Alexander Hines
Lewis Alexander Hines

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have arrested a suspect in connection with an armed robbery and burglary earlier this month.

Lewis Alexander Hines, 24, of Wilmington,was arrested in the 500 block of Anderson Street at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 15, according to police spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. Hines was wanted for a January 2 armed robbery.

In that incident the suspect reportedly entered a home near the intersection of 14th and Dawson streets at about 7:30 p.m. and showed a firearm, Lindsay said. He took a hoverboard from the female victim and fled from the home.

Hines is also a suspect in a burglary at a home in the 5100 block of Sycamore Hollow Drive that happened at 1:23 a.m. Jan. 8, Lindsay said. A woman at home during the break-in heard the suspect pry open a window and saw him climb into her residence. The victim started yelling at the suspect and he ran from the home.

Hines was arrested on several charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of burglary, assaulting a female, reckless driving, second-degree trespassing and resisting arrest. He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $55,000 secured bond.

One injured in shooting on Lamppost Circle

A 29-year-old man was injured in a shooting Saturday in Wilmington.

Police responded to the shooting in the 5100 block Lamppost Circle just after 10 a.m. and rendered aid to the victim until EMS arrived on scene, according to Lindsay.

The 29-year-old victim was outside in the area when there was a shot fired, Lindsay said. The man was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound to his hip. The injury was serious but not considered life-threatening.

The investigation is ongoing, Lindsay said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3602 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.