Investigation Into Emerald Isle Burglaries Continues

By: Dave Jordan/Clayton Bauman
By: Dave Jordan/Clayton Bauman

The investigation continues into 25 burglaries in the past month in Emerald Isle and police aren't saying whether they have all their suspects yet.

The break-ins came to light Tuesday night when the police chief of Emerald Isle was involved in a chase of three burglary suspects. They're now in jail while the chief is recovering in the hospital after that chase ended in a crash.

Some of those homes broken into were along a stretch from 21st to 23rd street in Emerald Isle. Police believe that the men would use the cover of the beach side because it's away from the main street--and break into the vacant homes. They say the men would then steal from the home.

Tom Kush has been renting a home a few streets down from where some of the break-ins are said to have taken place--and says with it being the off season--the opportunity is there.

Police say the break-ins are believed to have happened all within the last month.

All three of the suspects arrested so far are from the Greenville area.


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  • by B Location: EI, NC on Dec 10, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    I'm amazed at these comments. I'm pretty sure these guys were probably drug dealers and don't pay taxes and probably sat on a pretty mound of corrupt cash- a bigger mound than poor little me that lives on the island and loves this family going beach community that provides a clean and safe environment to every class of people who want to enjoy the beauty of our coast. PS- $10 to PARK (THE BEACH IS FREE) is only in effect for 2 public accesses on the island and there are PLENTY of other places to park for free. Also those public accesses were repaved and the facilities were built by EI tax payers originally. That $10 goes to pay that filthy rich lifeguard to possibly save your life, maintenance to one of the only handicapped beach accesses, police force to protect you from the increase in disorderly conduct, people to clean up the trash of our visitors. No matter what your wage is, you can always have class if you.... treat your neighbor how you wish to be treated. I invite you to come out this way and support some local businesses, its winter time, we really could use the business. Sincerely, POOR beach bum who pays taxes and enjoys life and good people.
  • by Troy Location: AB on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:32 AM
    WOW so these break ins are nothng moe than class warfair? These guys are not Robin Hood with a noble cause nore are they anything worth having in society it has nothing to do with money, possessions or where you live. Its called choice! All these guys have long records through many years in boom times and down turns ,they are not some type of class warfair hero they are scum. The way to win class warfair is quite simple get an education, work, save and become a productive part of society, everyone, everyone in this country has that option but a small percentage choose not to. Not my falt not the sand taxs falt not private beaches falt, not wall streets falt its no ones falt other that those that choose the path of hate and crime.
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      by Not on the beach but close on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM in reply to Troy
      Read the lastest story. Kind of fitting that those beach front homes that are owned by rich folk in Greenville are being robbed by hood from Greenville, don't you think? Class warfare? Probably not. But historically economic downturns result in big spikes in crime of all kinds. Sure there will be crooks no matter what the economy is, but in this economy expect to see a lot more like this happening.
  • by Abcd Location: Mhc on Dec 8, 2011 at 08:20 AM
    This is unfortunate. Just pull over. You will get in to more trouble if you dont pull over. This is an injury that could of been deadly. If you pull over that's less trouble.
  • by Not on the beach but close on Dec 8, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    Ah, there you go. Another of the many benefits of private beach front property. You make it easier for robbers to break in without ever being seen. Sorry, but I have a hard time crying for the same people who want to charge me $10 to park to just walk on their beach. And then go around and ask the state for money to replenish the sand that the hurricanes and mother nature have washed away. Sorry, no sympathy here. The police have their jobs to do and my hat's off to them for doing it. But jacking up beach front property values and then restricting the public from accessing those state owned beaches has a cost. As the economy continues its downward spiral you'll be sure to see more of this kind of thing. The poor and desperate robbing the rich (and unfortunately everyone else).
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      by ddd on Dec 10, 2011 at 01:55 PM in reply to Not on the beach but close
      Please educate yourself on the importance the coastal tourism is to our state. Also, the main demographics of the area are 65 and military families. You have just as much right to work towards owning/renting a beach home as anyone else, and when you get to that goal I'm sure you wouldn't want me coming to steal your stuff.
  • by TONY Location: ei on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    how bout us folks in the lower rent blocks between 8th and 10th ave, we got hit also.
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      by Them's be the facts on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to TONY
      Sorry Tony, but if you haven't figured this out already let me be the first to break it to you. If you ain't rich, you don't count. Simple as that. Now go back to work before your rich boss lays you off.
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      by PD on Dec 10, 2011 at 08:07 PM in reply to TONY
      Listen close TONY they said SOME of the homes were located between 21st and 23rd because on that particular night that is where the suspects were breaking in. I can assure you that your area of town was patrolled just the same as the others!!
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      by goodneighborpolicy on Dec 14, 2011 at 07:32 PM in reply to TONY
      At least the people who jacked up other houses didn't burn down the house like they did to those people on Emerald Drive.
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