W. Curt Vincent - cvincent@civitasmedia.com

WHITE LAKE — Three Bladen County teenagers have been charged by White Lake police with larceny, but two 5remain on the run and are being sought by police.

According to Sgt. Mike Salmon with the White lake Police Department, the arrests are the culmination of an investigation into a series of larcenies that stretched between Oct. 25 and Nov. 7 last year.

“The investigation revealed the suspects were stealing kayaks, yard swings, and lawn mowers, and then selling the stolen items using social media websites,” Salmon said.

Arrested were:

— Kirkland McCray Smith, 19, of White Lake. He was charged with seven counts of misdemeanor larceny and seven counts of possession of stolen goods. Smith was booked into the Bladen County Jail on Dec. 15 and was released under a $5,000 secure bond.

— Emily Brooke Thornton, 19, of White Lake. She was charged with three counts of misdemeanor larceny and three counts of possession of stolen goods.

— David Lee Russ, 19, of Elizabethtown. He was charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny and three counts of possession of stolen goods.

Thornton and Russ have yet to be arrested and the White Lake Police Department is urging anyone with information to contact them at 910-862-4057. All calls will remain confidential.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.



W. Curt Vincent


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