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Deputies looking for 5 "on the run" sex offenders

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

The Onslow County Sherriff's Office is looking for five registered sex offenders on the run.

As part of a sting operation in June, deputies knocked on the doors of all 230 registered sex offenders in Onslow County to make sure they're living where they're supposed to.

Deputies said they were surprised to find most people in compliance.

The sheriff's office said despite the surprise visit, most offenders were cooperative.

"They didn't know if they were coming in the morning, hours or afternoon hours, this was a total shock and awe. We wanted to catch them off their guard," said Colonel Boyd Brown, Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they did find some sex offenders who violated their probation or were on social networking sites, which is against the law.

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