Dare Community Crime Line is a vital bridge between the Dare County community of citizens and law enforcement officials. We actively facilitate neighborhood safety and security by providing an anonymous, safe way to report suspected crimes and by financially rewarding those tips that lead to an actual arrest.
A resident of Dare County reported falling victim to a “car wrap” scheme. The scammers post ads on Craigslist and similar forums offering to pay a fee for a vehicle owner to wrap their car in a recognized brand name’s advertisement. The scammer sends money to the vehicle owner (by a bogus check) and in an amount above the agreed-upon fee with the condition that the vehicle owner wire a portion of that money to a specialist who will come do the ad-wrap. Nobody ever shows up and the owner is on the hook with their bank for the full amount of the bogus check, usually in the thousands of dollars.
Also, as the summer season approaches, be aware of scam artists advertising properties for rent that they have no controlling interest in. Every season a handful of families show up to a rental home to find it already occupied and learn too late they’ve fallen victim to a scam. If you are a rental manager or rental property owner you can periodically check Craigslist to see if someone has listed your property for rent.
DARE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE:
Residential B&E: A residence in Baum Bay was reported broken into on June 22, 2014. A number of items were stolen (money, medication, etc.) but one unique item taken was a men’s Pittsburgh Steelers replica Super Bowl ring with Ben Roethlisberger’s name on the side.
Stolen Boat Trailer: On June 17, 2014 a boat trailer was reported stolen from a fenced and locked lot in Wanchese. The trailer was last known to be secure in the area on March 27. The trailer is a 26 foot 2008 Road King VT two axle trailer, with a board across the front that is covered with black turf type material with white plastic guide post on each side and has a Joes Marine sticker on the side. The trailer is a flat bottom skiff trailer, aluminum, model RKAS, with NC registration BZ96920.
Firearm Larceny: The Dare County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an automotive breaking and entering and larceny of a firearm that occurred in Martin’s Point, NC. On January 1, 2014 a Remington Model 700, 7 millimeter rifle was stolen out of a vehicle on January 1, 2014. This rifle has a stainless steel barrel, wood stock, camouflage shoulder strap, and a Nikon scope. Anybody who has seen this firearm or has any knowledge of it is encouraged to call Investigator Scott Rodriguez at 252-475-5980 or the Dare County Crime Line.
No crimes to report.
Suspicious Person : In the early morning hours (around 2 am) of the fourth during the hurricane, Southern Shores police officers on patrol found a white male approximately 5’09”-6’00” tall medium build wearing a dark rain coat with green, blue and grey shorts and black tennis shoes and white socks creeping around Pelican watch which is just to the north of the Hilton Garden Inn at 5353 N Virginia Dare Trail. When confronted, the male ran off and eluded the officers. During his escape he shed his rain coat as well as a pry bar and several other B&E tools. Officers discovered he was in Wal-Mart just shortly before encountering them. He was driving what looks like a gold in color older Ford Explorer. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
Vehicle B&E’s: On the night of March 2, 2014 several vehicles break-ins were reported in the Kitty Hawk RV Park located at 3945 North Croatan Highway. Items were taken from the vehicles during the break-ins. The Kitty Hawk Police Department is seeking any information pertaining to these crimes. If you have any information please contact The Kitty Hawk Police Department at 252-261-3895 or The Dare Community Crime Line.
KILL DEVIL HILLS:
Larceny and Damage to Property: On June 19, 2014 several street signs in Kill Devil Hills were reported damaged or stolen. Missing/damaged signs include: Random Street, East Archdale,Asheville Avenue, Greensboro Street, Charlotte Street, W. Fifth Street, Lisa Court and Baker Avenue.
Attempted B&E: On June 9,2014 a white male attempted to break into several condo units at the Sands Condominiums at 1701 N. Virginia Dare Trail. The suspect used a fire extinguisher after pulling the fire alarm. The male was described as white, thin build, with blonde dreadlocks. The male was wearing a dark colored wetsuit that was pulled down to his waist. Male was last seen running southbound on foot on NC 12 Hwy. Male entered into two condo units that were occupied and the doors were unlocked.
Burglary: On June 2, 2014 a residence in the 900 block of N. Virginia Dare Trail was broken into. Three 60–inch flat screen televisions were stolen, as well as a 32 inch flat screen.
B&E of Business: On May 29, 2014, the owner of Baldie’s Burgers at 2042 N. Virginia Dare Trail reported a break-in at the restaurant. The break-in occurred sometime between the evening of the 28th and the morning of the 29th.
Larceny of Camera Equipment: On May 18, 2014 a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of N. Virginia Dare Trail was broken into. Numerous items were stolen including a Cannon 7D digital camera, a 24-70 mm Cannon lens, a 16 GB iPod Nano, and other accessories.
Firearm Theft: On May 13, 2014 a firearm was reported stolen from a vehicle in the 2000 block of Elizabeth City Street. The weapon was a black Ruger .380 in a nylon holster.
Larceny of Trailer: On May 12, 2014 a trailer was reported stolen from the 900 block of W. Airstrip Road. The trailer was a 2003 Bame Tag-along landscaping type trailer with NC registration CB85042. The trailer is black with a wood deck and a metal mesh fold down ramp at the back. The left brake light is broken and the jack stand was bent slightly backwards.
Burglary: On April 28, 2014 at approximately 12:15 a.m., forcible entry was made into a residence in the 1700 block of Wrightsville Blvd. The intruder was confronted by the occupant of the residence and fled. The intruder was described a male, approximately 6′ tall.
Vehicle B&E: On April 27, 2014 a vehicle in the 1200 block of Indian Drive was broken into and a woman’s engagement ring was stolen. The ring did has a distinguishing mark where the diamond on the ring is chipped. The ring has a white gold band, with a princess cut 1.1 carat diamond. The ring was valued at over $7000 and has sentimental value beyond the dollar amount.
Counterfeit Currency: One June 7, 2014 the female in the photos passed a counterfeit $100 bill at Jersey Mike’s in Nags Head. The bill passed the “pen test” however the borders of the bill were off. The Nags Head Police Department warns area merchants to be vigilant when accepting large denomination currency. The NHPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the woman in the photos.
Financial Card Theft: On April 23, 2014, A Financial Card Theft was reportedat 2316 S Croatan. An unknown Hispanic Male apparently stole a credit card and then used it fraudulently at a local pharmacy charging over $230.00 total to the card. Hispanic Male wearing a light blue watch cap, sunglasses, a dark colored two-tone pullover, and dark pants was observed using the card. (refer to picture)
Residential B&E: On April 5, 2014, A Residential Breaking and Entering was found at 3957 S Virginia Dare Trail. A glass window was broken to gain entry with an unknown object, but nothing was taken.
Injury to Personal Property: On March 28, 2014, a Injury to Personal Property was reported at 3335 S. Croatan Hwy (NH Pier). A large piece of construction equipment had been tampered with and disabled. This has occurred several additional times and no suspects are currently known.
Anyone with information about crimes in Nags Head should contact Crime Line or the Nags Head Police Department at (252) 441-6386.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are requesting assistance with an investigation involving the suspected illegal take of a radio-collared red wolf that was recently found dead. The federally protected red wolf was found with an apparent gunshot wound on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, southwest of Columbia, in Tyrrell County, North Carolina. A total of 14 wild red wolves were known to have died in 2013 including three struck and killed by vehicles, one death as a result of non-management related actions, and nine confirmed or suspected gunshot deaths. The cause of the remaining wolf’s death is currently undetermined.
The red wolf is protected under the Endangered Species Act as an experimental, non-essential population. This means that relaxed regulations allow landowners to kill a red wolf if it attacks their livestock or pets. Additionally, a red wolf that is taken incidentally to any type of legal activity (e.g., hunting coyotes following state regulations) on private lands in the red wolf recovery area does not constitute a violation of the federal regulation, provided that the taking is not intentional or willful, and is reported to the Service or the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission within 24 hours. The Service believes that no legitimate conservation purpose would be served by bringing an enforcement action under the ESA in such cases, and only intentional or willful take will be prosecuted on private lands.
It is important to report red wolf incidents quickly so that Service personnel can respond quickly to minimize conflicts and retrieve any carcasses for necropsy before such carcasses deteriorate to the degree that necropsy results are compromised.
If someone accidentally kills a red wolf, they must report it by calling the Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-855-4-WOLVES (1-855-496-5837), or the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at 1-800-662-7137.
Anyone with information that directly leads to an arrest, a criminal conviction, a civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property on the subject or subjects responsible for the suspected unlawful take of a red wolf may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,500.
Anyone with information on the death of this red wolf or any others, past or future, is urged to contact Resident Agent in Charge John Elofson at (404) 763-7959, Refuge Officer Frank Simms at (252) 216-7504, or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Robert Wayne at (252) 216-8225.
NC Highway Patrol:
Cold Case-Hit and Run Fatality: On July 18, 2003 at approximately 8:43 p.m. a vehicle travelling north on NC 345 struck a bicycle operated by Mr. Harry Niser, Sr. of Wanchese. Mr. Niser was killed as a result of the collision. The suspect vehicle fled the scene and is believed to be a dark colored, late 80′s passenger vehicle with damage to the right front quarter panel. The Troopers need your help to solve this case. If you have any information, call the Crime Line or the Dare County Highway Patrol at (252) 441-7341.