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Several unrelated robberies reported around Wilmington

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Sweeney bonded out of New Hanover County Detention Center. (Source: WPD) Sweeney bonded out of New Hanover County Detention Center. (Source: WPD)
Freifeld faces charges of breaking and entering and larceny. (Source: WPD) Freifeld faces charges of breaking and entering and larceny. (Source: WPD)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A number of unrelated burglaries kept Wilmington Police busy Saturday night into early Sunday morning, according to a news release.

Officers responded to the first incident involving a group of children trying to break into cars by pulling on door handles at Forest Hills Apartments. The boys, ages ranging from 13 – 15, were charged then released to their parents just after 8:00. Stolen property was returned to the rightful owners.

About an hour later, two victims reported an armed robbery to police. The two victims told officers that three men in black hoodies robbed them at gunpoint near the 1000 block of South 11th Street. The suspects took the victims' wallets, a cell phone and jewelry. They were last seen climbing into a  black Chevy Trail Blazer with dark tinted, according to the victims.

The third case popped up just before 4:00 in the morning Sunday. Officers arrested 17-year-old Jonathan Patrick Sweeney at 506 Mill Creek Court. He's charged with breaking and entering into a car and larceny. Everything that was stolen was recovered, according to the release. The teenager posted bond and was released from New Hanover County Jail.

James Patrick Freifeld, 32, faces similar charges after officers arrested him on Wrightsville Avenue less than an hour after Sweeney. Responding officers noticed a door to the roof of Buffalo's grocery store was missing and the place had be robbed. Freifeld was found a short distance down the road with a toolbox holding beer and cigarettes that matched what was taken from the store. He is being held on a $10,000 bond. 

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