SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — A joint investigation — by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department and Carolina Beach Police Department — of multiple larcenies occurring in March 2021 resulted in lengthy prison sentences for brothers from Fairmont.
Kelvin Sealey, 42, and John Sealey, 39, were charged with business larcenies as well as drug possession and both ordered to pay restitution.
John Sealey was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Kent Harrell to prison for 70 to 93 months, along with a $100,000 fine for trafficking heroin and cocaine. John also pled guilty to the felony larceny charges from last year’s crime spree, as well as an April 4, 2022, larceny he committed while out on bond. His prior record includes multiple convictions for larceny, forgery and assault on a law enforcement officer.
Kelvin Sealey, a habitual felon, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson to prison for 100 to 132 months for the larcenies, as well as possessing a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. His prior record includes multiple convictions for larceny and common law robbery.
Combined, the brothers must pay $50,000 in restitution to their victims.
In one incident last year, the brothers stole a truck and used that truck to break into Wilmington Parks and Recreation, where they stole landscaping equipment. A red Dodge Ram rented from the airport, was driven by John Sealey and caught on surveillance at multiple crime scenes. It was spotted using GPS tracking. A white Chevrolet Avalanche was being driven by Kelvin Sealey.
Multiple trailers, golf carts, landscaping equipment, ATVs and a tractor were stolen during the two brother’s crime spree.
On March 25, 2021, the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office tracked both men using GPS, and saw them go to a business, steal a trailer and then use that trailer to steal golf carts from another business in town. Deputies and detectives with the sheriff’s office pulled up on the two brothers. John was driving the Dodge Ram and Kelvin fled from the passenger side. He was located by K9 tracking.
Kelvin has remained in custody since March 25, 2021; John was able to bond out on a $250,000 secured bond. He was placed on an electric ankle monitor, later removed by a judge despite the state’s objection.
On April 4, 2022, John was caught on camera stealing another trailer from a local business. He was served a felony larceny warrant on May 3 by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. While serving that warrant, detectives located flashlights in John’s possession containing cocaine and heroin instead of batteries. John was handed additional drug charges.
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