Friday, March 24, 2023

3 arrested, 1 outstanding in CB police chase, five-hour search

Carolina Beach police underwent a five-hour manhunt for four juvenile suspects that robbed a store and fled the scene, running from law enforcement. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — A robbery at a Carolina Beach store led to the arrest of three juveniles, while another remains on the lam, according to local officials.

The Carolina Beach Police Department responded to a call of larceny at the I Love CB shop (915 N. Lake Park Blvd.) around 4 p.m. Monday. According to the caller, suspects fled the scene in a black Nissan SUV with a damaged front bumper.

Officers headed into Wilmington over Snow’s Cut Bridge to attempt a traffic stop; however, the SUV darted into southbound traffic before coming to a stop in the 7400 block of Carolina Beach Road. The suspects then ran into a nearby neighborhood, away from the police, on foot.

It took five hours for Carolina Beach officers, with the help of New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Highway Patrol and SABLE, to locate and charge the suspects, a release noted. The three juveniles apprehended are 14, 15 and 17 years old.

One 18-year-old male, of African American or Hispanic decent, is still wanted.

They were driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, according to police.

The teenagers are being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. More charges are expected, though the investigation is ongoing.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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