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BSCO detectives asking women in real estate to use caution

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking the public, particularly women who are in the real estate profession, to be cautious of a man claiming to be a high ranking VP with the Hanes Corporation and wanting to relocate to our area.

According to the BCSO, the man, who has used the names "Eric Mullins", "Steven Mullins", "Alex Mullins" and possibly "Steven Kincaid", has reportedly insisted to be shown property by female real estate agents in both Brunswick and Horry counties and has exhibited odd and inappropriate behavior while on site with them.

"Mullins" is said to be a white male, approximately 6'04" tall, paunchy build, with thinning black hair. He is also known to wear gold rimmed glasses. His last known vehicle was a white SUV with Georgia license plates.

Detectives are asking women in the real estate profession to use extreme caution and show properties in pairs if at all possible. They advise that if the situation does not "feel right", it probably isn't and to call 911.

He's been reported in Brunswick County and Horry County, SC but detectives are warning all female realtors to beware.

Kathleen Baylies is an agent with Just for Buyers realty in New Hanover County.

Baylies said she was scared, but not surprised to hear the news. Baylies said it's important for all realtors, especially females working alone, to know the general security measures before meeting a stranger.

"It's really important to have a system in place so if a problem pops up or puts you in a situation where you're feeling threatened then you know you have that back up that you can call," said Baylies.

The 10 year real-estate veteran wanted to remind aspiring realtors of a few general tips including check identification on new clients, always let someone know where you're going, and most importantly have a plan in place if you feel threatened.

"Don't ever put yourself in a position where you have to have eyes in the back of your head," said Baylies. "Always have people enter the house before you do. So that way you're not caught between the door and your escape route."

Anyone with any additional related information should contact Det. Ronald Clarke with the Brunswick Co. Sheriff's Office at 910-386-7080.

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