Repeat offenders are a fairly common complaint and locally, a recent case of a man charged with 10 felony county has put the issue of bonds in the spotlight.
Members of law enforcement of all levels share the frustration as they work to fight crime as suspects are released back to the street where they sometimes offend again before they go to trial.
David Age, 61, was arrested by Wilmington police Wednesday night for his role in a string larcenies at Lou's Flower World, which was a victim of theft eight times in the past two months. He is charged with five counts of habitual larceny, two felony counts of breaking and entering, two felony counts of larceny and felony conspiracy breaking and entering.
Age was booked under a $75,000 unsecured bond and released the same night he was arrested, which concerns New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon.
"The (Wilmington) police chief and I will have some conversations with the judicial people, the (District Attorney)," McMahon said. "We'll try to figure out what's the right thing to do. There's got to be a happy medium, and there are times when we feel like (the happy medium) wasn't hit."
At his first court appearance Friday, Age's bond was changed to $50,000 secured after the judge learned Age had outstanding warrants from the NHC Sheriff's Office. Age is in the NHC Jail.
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