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By: Robert G. Hester
Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker reported 28 year old James Calvin King was apprehended about three quarters of a mile from Haw Bluff Baptist Church. He was taken into custody around 7:30 Thursday evening after an afternoon and evening search in a heavily wooded area, including swamp land.
Sheriff McVicker reported the suspect was barefoot and wearing a t-short and underwear when he was arrested without incident.
The search began shortly after 12:30 p.m. Thursday when he reportedly attempted to break into a house on NC 53 east of Kelly. The occupant of the home apparently surprised King and shot out the tires on the vehicle he was driving. His vehicle was located by sheriffs deputies behind Haw Bluff Baptist Church with 2 flat tires.
McVicker said about 20 breaking and entering crimes were committed in the area over the past weekend and King was a key suspect. He may be charged with more crimes including B&E in the White Oak area where he has relatives.
King is a sex offender and recently reported he had a Teachey address.
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call and later were joined by the NC Highway Patrol, White Lake police officers and fireman and Pender and Brunswick law enforcement. Two helicopters were involved in the search including one from Bladen and another from Brunswick County.
Bladen County Detective Tommy Lindsay was the chief investigating officer.
McVicker said King would be taken to the Bladen County Sheriff’s department for further interrogation and possibly more charges and then booked into the Bladen County jail.
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