Search Ends For Burglar Who Ran From Owner, Deputies

A New River Air Station Marine says a burglar Friday morning left a half-eaten apple on his kitchen table and a big mess in his Onslow County duplex.

Deputies searched for the burglar until mid-afternoon Friday. Captain Rick Sutherland says a suspect was caught using information developed by one of their bloodhounds and from neighbors.

That suspect is being interviewed by detectives and more information should be released on an arrest later tonight.

It all began when Marine Sgt. Brandon Eliason came home and noticed a light on in his duplex. At first he thought maintenance was there, but then noticed a back window broken out.

Without his cell phone, the Marine went next door to alert authorities.

While waiting on deputies to arrive, Eliason tells WITN News that he saw the man come of the back of his apartment.

He chased the burglar into some nearby woods. Eliason says by that time deputies arrived and joined in the chase and subsequent search.

Eliason says his apartment was ransacked, and says he found what he believes was the burglar's loot bag behind the duplex.

The area was closed off as deputies set up a perimeter in the area with additional deputies. Two tracking dogs were also brought in to help find the suspect.

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  • by ~ALPHA female~ on Mar 21, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    *HIGH 5* to Me...
  • by DawnNc Location: Jax on Mar 21, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    ALPHA female- so your saying that shooting a burglar to mame them is worse than them being mauled and killed by a dog? Even if the shot was fatal at least they would die quickly, and not bleed to death being chewed on by an animal. Your a very cruel person.
  • by Me Location: Here on Mar 21, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    That man needs to get a JOB! OOpps we have no jobs left. I guess that is why my pit bull stays in the house.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Mar 21, 2009 at 12:10 AM
    Where are all the conceal weapons people? ...Wouldn't have done you a bit of good if you weren't home huh? ..That's why I put the rottweiler in the house before I leave... a robber would have bite that apple and it would have fell out the other hole in his @$$ my dog made. ...And as they took him out my house in a body bag.. I would have told my neighbors ,"your welcome.. you're all welcome".
  • by beer for my horses Location: Jacksonville on Mar 20, 2009 at 03:46 PM
    I have a little more info that i dont believe has been released yet. But about time our police force has done something productive other than robbing the pockets of our drivers
  • by Anonymous on Mar 20, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    awesome to job onslow deputies
  • by WITN Moderator Location: on Mar 20, 2009 at 02:15 PM
    A reminder to please check out our commenting rules. We do not post comments suggesting vigilante justice. Thanks for playing by the rules here on
  • by Good job on Mar 20, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Glad they caught him.

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