Beach blotter


Beach Bagels burgled again

Around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, six suspects, ages 17-18, were standing in front of Beach Bagels on Wrightsville Avenue. An officer with Wrightsville Beach Police saw the crowd and stopped to make inquiries. 

One of the suspects said they worked at Beach Bagels and were there to take out the garbage. When the officer contacted the owner he said no one should have been in the building at the time. 

Allegedly the employee let the crowd inside and each suspect had taken either a sandwich, bag of chips or drink for a total loss of $42.

The owner said he would not prosecute the suspects if they paid him for the merchandise, which they did. 


Emergency responder struck 

Wrightsville Beach Fire Department and New Hanover County Emergency Medical Services responded to a call about Taylor McConnell, a 21-year-old white female, who was seizing in a taxi just after 2 a.m. Friday, July 25, in front of Jerry Allen’s Sports Bar and Grill. 

McConnell was visibly intoxicated, said she was fine and didn’t want to go to the hospital but EMS said they needed to check her vitals.

Several minutes later an EMS worker returned to the Wrightsville Beach Police officer on scene and said the girl punched her in the face. 

Afterward McConnell was taken home in the taxi. 



Redix robbery 

Employees at Redix called about shoplifting around 2:21 p.m. Friday, July 25, when two suspects fled from the store with merchandise and employees attempted to pursue them. 

Later in the afternoon, the suspect’s vehicle was found behind Banks Channel Pub and Grill where WBPD found 21-year-old Michael Anthony Holanek and four of the eight stolen items. The recovered items included a pair of pants, two belts and a visor. The total loss of all items was estimated at $340.95. There were also two open containers of liquor in the truck. 

When WBPD contacted the registered owner of the vehicle, a Fayetteville resident, the owner said the suspect had taken his truck without permission. 

Holanek was charged with larceny after concealment, open container and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 



Sticky fingers at Shell Island 

Wrightsville Beach Police confronted a housekeeper at Shell Island Resort after four rooms reported missing items around 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26. The alleged thief is 24-year-old Stevie Longnecker.

Longnecker allegedly stole $2,175 worth of items from the four rooms including five Percocet pills and $75 cash from another room. Longnecker was confronted with all of the items but denied taking anything.

WBPD is still investigating the incident.  

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