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Update: Suspects wanted for burglarizing college president's home, hurting dog

Lonnie Willis Jr. (Source: Whiteville Police) Lonnie Willis Jr. (Source: Whiteville Police)
Rakeen Gaffney (Source: Whiteville Police) Rakeen Gaffney (Source: Whiteville Police)
Sarah Shipman (Source: Whiteville Police) Sarah Shipman (Source: Whiteville Police)

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - New details on a burglary in Whiteville.  Police have arrested Sarah Shipman.  Police also arrested her sister Kenya Shipman, investigators say she led them on a car chase while trying to arrest Sarah.


Back in December police say Rakeen Gaffney, Sarah Shipman and Lonnie Willis Jr. broke into the home of Kathleen Matlock, the President of Southeastern Community College.

According to police, Kenya Shipman, who was a housekeeper for Matlock, called Matlock several times last month wanting to clean her home. Investigators say the day Shipman found out Matlock was in Texas is when the crime happened.

Officers tell us, Kenya Shipman told them her sister Sarah Shipman, Rakeen Gaffney and Lonnie Willis, Jr. were the ones who committed the crime. Police say, a probation officer who lives in the area, also saw them at the house. 

Investigators say they stole nearly 20 guns, a valuable coin and a TV, among other items. Police estimate nearly $17,000 worth of stuff was stolen. Investigators believe Matlock's dog tried protecting the home, but one of the suspects kicked the dog in the face causing the dog to lose an eye.

"There were specific targets that were hit. It wasn't like they ransacked the entire house. It's like there were different cabinets, different bags they went directly to. That you would have to live there or be a housekeeper, to know that they're there. So that's what drew us to the housekeeper to start with." Said Sgt. Tedd Dixon with the Whiteville police department. 

Sarah Shipman, Lonnie Willis Jr. and Rakeen Gaffney face 2nd degree burglary, larceny and animal cruelty charges.

Kenya Shipman was charged with accessory to the crime.

Police are still looking for Lonnie Willis Jr. Anyone who sees these suspects are asked to call police.

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