LELAND, N.C. (WECT) - Four suspects have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Leland home late Wednesday night.
According to a news release from the Leland Police Department, Sarah Evans, 38, of Wilmington, and Annie Jo Beattie, 44, of Wilmington, were invited inside the victim’s home in the 800 block of Moss Court around 11 p.m.
Shortly after the pair entered, two armed men — Dayonte Cuttino, 18, of Wilmington, and Hamil Casanova Caldwell, 20, of Wilmington — entered the home, pointing the firearms at the victims. Police later determined that the weapons were Airsoft guns.
All four suspects then left the home with money and several electronic items belonging to the victims.
Homeowner Elliott Thomas called 911 as soon as they left, and stayed on the phone as he followed the suspects in his own vehicle. Thomas helped Leland Police find them. The suspects were close to Wilmington on U.S. 74/76 when police conducted a traffic stop and recovered the stolen items from the vehicle.
“Once I knew that they wasn’t going to be able to hurt my kid, after that I just want to make sure I got my stuff back," Thomas explained of his motivation to follow them. "I had my wallet stolen from me at Food Lion like a month before this. They took like half of my paycheck. I just really wasn’t trying to lose another check, and I just got paid yesterday.”
All four suspects were arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and three counts of second-degree kidnapping. Cuttino and Caldwell were additionally charged with first-degree burglary.
The suspects were booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center under $250,000 bonds each.