ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a breaking and entering that occurred on July 17 near Abbottsburg.
“A homeowner came home and found a man breaking into his house,” said McVicker. “The homeowner called 911 and then followed the suspect as he left the residence in a van. After several miles the suspect wrecked his vehicle and fled into the woods.
“We searched the area for several hours with K-9’s and helicopter but were unable to locate the suspect,” he added.
McVicker said a search of the wrecked vehicle showed it had been stolen in Chesapeake, Va., the previous week during a home invasion. The vehicle was a 2002 Honda Odyssey, silver in color, with the Virginia tags VMW-8637.
A search of the vehicle showed the suspect had been in the Walgreens in Southport and the Dollar General store in Lake Waccamaw the day of the breaking and entering in Bladen County. Investigators were able to obtain photographs from surveillance tapes at the Walgreens.
“We are asking the public to help us in identifying the individual in these photographs, said McVicker. “If you have any information that could help solve this crime we want you to contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.”