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Police catch men accused of stealing kayaks

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John Caleb Sides (Source: Onslow Co. Sheriff's Office) John Caleb Sides (Source: Onslow Co. Sheriff's Office)
Ryan Logan Bender (Source: Onslow Co. Sheriff's Office) Ryan Logan Bender (Source: Onslow Co. Sheriff's Office)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Surf City Police know now who has been stealing kayaks all summer. Officials say the thefts started back in April and continued until last week.

Police say they caught suspect, Ryan Bender, after he tried to sell undercover officers a stolen kayak using the website Lejune Yard Sales.

After arresting him, he admitted to stealing nine kayaks from Surf City, one from Topsail and Onslow County, and many more from North Topsail.

Bender also named John Sides as an accomplice.

Bender has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor larceny and felony larceny in Pender County. He was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor larceny, felony larceny, injury to personal property, possession of stolen goods/property, conspire to commit felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretense in Onslow County.

Sides has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor larceny and felony larceny in Pender County. He was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor larceny, felony larceny, injury to personal property and conspire to commit felony larceny in Onslow County.

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