Investigators say a spree of kayaks being stolen in coastal communities came to an end when one of the thieves tried to make a sale to an undercover officer.
Surf City police say Ryan Bender of Richlands and John Sides of Jacksonville are facing several charges in both Pender and Onslow counties.
They say since April the two have stolen nine kayaks in Surf City and several more in North Topsail Beach. The stolen kayaks, which total more than a dozen, were then sold online at Craigslist and Lejeune Yard Sales.
Police say Bender was nabbed when he tried to make a sale to the undercover officer. They say he then spilled the beans on his accomplice.
Together the two men face twenty different charges.