Clarkton man arrested for theft of firearms

By: W. Curt Vincent -

ELIZABETHTOWN — An investigation by Elizabethtown police investigators of a break-in and theft of firearms resulted in the arrest of a Clarkton man on Nov. 13.

According to Elizabethtown Police Chief Kip Hester, officers originally received the report of a break-in and theft of firearms on June 2.

“Upon arrival at the residence, officers learned from the homeowner that the suspect may have entered the residence through an unlocked window,” Hester said. “Once inside the suspect stole two firearms from the residence, an AR-15 and a 12 gauge shotgun.”

Hester added that, after an investigation, warrants were obtained in the case and served on Nov. 13.

Arrested was Tanner Cole Atkins, who was charged with breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Atkins was placed in the Bladen County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

The case was investigated by Det. J. Guyton.

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


W. Curt Vincent