NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – An off-duty sergeant with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is credited with discovering a crime behind Tri County Properties on Wednesday morning.
The sergeant noticed a white Ford pick-up truck behind the business on North College Road around 10 a.m., according to Sergeant J.J. Brewer. The sergeant reportedly notified the patrol supervisor after seeing two men by the truck.
When deputies arrived, the two men emerged from the woods behind Tri County Properties and dropped a sledgehammer and crowbar, Brewer said.
Detectives discovered the footprints of both suspects' boots matched the footprints from the bricks inside a house where a fireplace insert had been stolen. The fireplace insert was in the bed of the truck the men were driving, according to Brewer.
Charles Curtis Dozier, 53, and Larry Derrick McMannen, 56, were both charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of burglary tools. They were each given $10,000 secured bonds.