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Stolen computer found on Craigslist, suspect arrested

Andre Rayshawn Johnson (Source: NHCSO) Andre Rayshawn Johnson (Source: NHCSO)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - When a man in New Hanover County became the victim of a crime earlier this year, he didn't sit idly by. Barry Henline started digging, trying to find the person who stole the computer right out of his Kerr Avenue law office.

Henline has a background in law enforcement, and had a hunch that whoever stole his computer would try to sell it for a quick buck. Turns out, he was right.

"On Craigslist, I noticed that on the Sunday my computer went missing, there was a posting that matched the make model of my computer," Henline said.

Henline emailed the seller, who apparently got spooked and deleted the post. Two weeks later, the same ad popped back up on Craigslist, and this time, Henline called Wilmington Police.

Henline said initially, detectives were not returning his phone calls, and he thought they were blowing him off. In fact, they'd gone online and made a startling discovery.

"They had a suspect, who turned out to be an occupant of the office neighboring mine, and didn't want any kind of confrontational things that might occur if I had that knowledge before they could make the arrest," Henline said.

The suspected thief is Andre Rayshawn Johnson, who was running a CPR recertification business next door to Henline's office. He's now facing felony charges for allegedly breaking into Henline's office and stealing his computer.

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