NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is searching for a father/son duo who are suspects in a multitude of larcenies.
According to a news release from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Stephen Clegg Ridley, 40, and his son Zachary R. Ridley, 18, are the suspects in a slew of larcenies that encompasses all of New Hanover County.
Officials say the latest theft was in the 2200 block of Castle Hayne Road. The victim arrived home to find two of his lawnmowers missing along with most of his tools. The victim located his lawnmowers and tools at All Metal Recycling where the suspects had sold the property for scrap.
Once the victim returned home, he found the two suspects in his backyard attempting to steal his stump grinder.
Officials say the victim confronted the Ridleys, who fled the scene in a white Ford F-150 with the license plate VNA-7844.
Other communities suspected of being hit by the duo includes the Monkey Junction area, the Castle Hayne area, the Ogden area and inside the city.
Stephen Clegg Ridley is being charged with three counts of failure to appear for driving with a revoked license, three counts of obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, failure to appear for misdemeanor larceny, habitual larceny, assault larceny, assault with a deadly weapon, failure to appear for speeding, and theft of cable service.
Zachary R. Ridley is being charged with failure to appear for communicating threats, failure to appear for harassing phone calls, felony larceny, and obtaining property by false pretense.
If you have information on Stephen Clegg Ridley or his son Zachary R. Ridley, contact the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office at (910) 798-4162 or leave a tip on the tip line by visiting the sheriff's office website.
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