Carolina Beach Police Arrest Three For Breaking Into Vehicles

Carolina Beach Police Arrest Three For Breaking Into Vehicles

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 29 May 2019 02:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police have arrested individuals in recent weeks involved in separate vehicle break-in cases. One individual was arrested after police learned he dropped his wallet at the scene of the crime.

According to Carolina Beach Police Detective Sergeant Scott Hettinger, on May 16th, "Officers with the Carolina Beach Police Department completed multiple reports of items stolen from motor vehicles on Canal Dr., Carolina Beach Ave. North, and Florida Ave. areas of Carolina Beach.  The evidence in the case revealed multiple suspects involved in the motor vehicle break ins."

Hettinger said following an investigation, a search warrant was executed at 400 Virginia Ave. Unit#301A. 

He explained, "The Carolina Beach Police Department arrested Cullen Patrick Dorsey, a 20-year-old male from 400 Virginia Ave. Unit#301A and Cory Luke Stafford, a 19-year-old male from 210 Rockledge Rd., Wilmington, N.C. for multiple charges related to the breaking and entering of a motor vehicle and theft.  As a result of this investigation and arrest, Carolina Beach Detectives were able to return property to the victims.  This case is currently on-going and additional charges and arrests are expected."

In the case of Dorsey and Stafford, the vehicles were unlocked. Both individuals simply lifted door handles searching for unlocked vehicles.

Cullen Patrick Dorsey was charged with:



(8 Counts) (F) Breaking and/or Entering a Motor Vehicle; (5 Counts) (M) Larceny (1 Count) (F) Larceny; (1 Count) (M) Possession of Stolen Goods; (1 Count) (F) Obtaining Property Under False Pretenses.
New Hanover County Magistrate placed Dorsey on a $20,000 secured, awaiting first appearance.

Cory Luke Stafford was charged with:



(8 Counts) (F) Breaking and/or Entering a Motor Vehicle; (5 Counts) (M) Larceny (1 Count) (F) Larceny; (1 Count) (M) Possession of Stolen Goods.
New Hanover County Magistrate placed Stafford on a $20,000 secured, awaiting first appearance.

In a separate case, police arrested Shawn Lee Clubb on May 25th for seventeen vehicle break-ins. Clubb used tools to break the windows of vehicles in order to gain entry.
In addition to the crimes in Carolina Beach, Clubb was also charged with breaking into one vehicle in Kure Beach and one in the unincorporated area of New Hanover County.
According to Hettinger, "Officers with the Carolina Beach Police Department completed seventeen incident reports for vehicles with the windows broken out on Canal Drive and Carolina Beach Ave. N.  The victims also reported various items missing from the vehicles. The investigation and evidence in the case revealed the suspect dropped his wallet containing his identification cards at the scene of one of the car break-ins.  Detectives from the Carolina Beach Police Department and Kure Beach Police Department located the defendant, Shawn Lee Clubb of 114 Navaho Trail, Wilmington, N.C and recovered multiple items of evidence and victims property."

Shawn Lee Clubb was charged with:



 (15 Counts) (F) Breaking and/or Entering a Motor Vehicle (2 Counts) (F) Attempted Breaking and/or Entering a Motor Vehicle (6 Counts) (M) Larceny (1 Count) (F) Larceny (1 Count) (M) Possession of Stolen Goods New Hanover County Magistrate placed Clubb on a $95,000 secured, awaiting first appearance.
He explained, "Clubb, whom is currently on probation for breaking/entering motor vehicles was promptly arrested after confessing to the breaking/entering
and property damage investigations in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wilmington, NC areas."
Hettinger acknowledged this is a common crime in many cities across the country. He said vehicle owners can start by locking their vehicle doors and making sure not to leave valuables in the vehicle, and if so, to not leave them in plain sight.
Other proactive measures include installing security lights near driveways and, if possible, parking vehicles in a garage.

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