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FIRST ON 3: Boy kidnapped during Ogden break-in

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says burglars briefly kidnapped a child when he walked in on them robbing his home Tuesday afternoon. It happened on White Road near Sapling Circle in Ogden.

The boy’s father Ray Cockrell says his son came home from school and found two people inside ransacking the house. He says the boy ran out, but the suspects ran after him and took him back inside while they continued to look through the house before running off. The boy was not hurt.

“You never expect this to happen to your family,” Cockrell said. “The take away for us is everybody is safe, my family is safe. There is nothing in our home that can’t be repaired, so we thank God for that.”

Deputies say there were also several vehicles broken into in the neighborhood, including several where the owners had left doors unlocked.

Investigators hope to make an arrest soon.

We’ll have much more on this story coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5 p.m.

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