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N.C. men arrested after police find them inside Shallotte home

Two men were arrested on charges they broke into a Shallotte, N.C., home, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

Frederick Corbitt Pence Jr., 25, of Supply, N.C., and William Ross Stout, 30, of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., were each charged with felony safe cracking and felony breaking and entering after deputies were called about 2 p.m. Saturday to a home in the Lakewood Estates Community when neighbors reported a suspicious vehicle behind a home, said Sgt. April Stanley with the Sheriff’s Office.

The men are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on $15,000 bail and additional charges are pending, Stanley said.

Cpl. Ray Coarsey arrived at 5434 Lakewood Drive and saw two men inside the home, Stanley said. When he went to approach them Pence fled on foot, but Stout was detained, Stanley said. Brunswick County K-9 deputies and the sheriff’s helicopter were called to the scene to search for Pence.

Within 30 minutes after the incident began, the helicopter found Pence inside the Lakewood Estates community and he was arrested without incident.