At approximately 6:00 PM on Saturday March 24, 2018, officers of the Town of Duck Police Department, with the assistance of the Kitty Hawk Police Department, served a search warrant at a residence on Angler Way in the Town of Kitty Hawk. The service of the search warrant was the culmination of an intense thirty-five-day investigation, led by Master Police Officer Joe Knight, into six breaking and entering crimes reported in the Town of Duck.
Numerous items of stolen personal property were located and seized from the suspect’s residence and vehicle, including electronics, jewelry, power tools, and a suppressed rifle, reported stolen from a home in Currituck County.
Forty-year-old Shawn Kenneth LaBlue of Kitty Hawk was immediately arrested and charged with one count each of felony breaking and entering and larceny following the service of the search warrant. LaBlue is being held at the Dare County Detention Center in leu of a $35,000 secured bond. Additional charges are forthcoming against LaBlue, and will include five additional counts of felony breaking and entering and larceny, felony possession of stolen property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Evidence obtained in the Town of Duck’s investigation will likely lead to additional charges in neighboring jurisdictions.
Chief Cueto expressed his gratitude and pride over the work each of his officers put into this investigation, but pointed out that the tireless work of Master Officer Knight, who employed both technology and good, old-fashioned police work in his investigation, to ensure the suspect will be held accountable for his actions.