Crime in the County
The following incidents were obtained from Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports:
• Deputies responded to Dennis Boat Landing on a recent afternoon after an Orangeburg man reported vandalism. The complainant said he parked his father’s blue 2008 Chevy Suburban at the boat landing at 10 a.m. He and a friend went boating and returned about two hours later and found the driver’s side window shattered along with a large rock inside the vehicle.
The damage is estimated to be $500.
• A St. Stephen woman reported clothing was stolen from her Cambellridge Lane residence on a recent day. The burglars apparently entered through an unlocked side door and stole a purple skirt, a white blouse and a pair of size 10 black high heels from a bag in one of the bedrooms.
The stolen items are valued at $150.
• A St. Stephen man went to his garage on a recent morning to find three of his weed-eaters and a metal grinder missing. The total value of the stolen items is estimated at $900.
• A woman reported a noise in her garage on a recent afternoon then saw a gold car with a missing hubcap and several occupants speed away with her backpack leaf blower hanging out of one of the car’s windows.
A deputy searching the area pulled over a possible suspect who came to a stop at McCrystal Circle. The deputy noticed an orange leaf blower in the backseat and asked the driver where it came from. “Off the side of the road,” he responded, before quickly adding, “I (messed) up, please don’t take me to jail.”
The Easley man was handcuffed and later transported to the detention center and charged with possession of stolen goods when it was determined he was involved in the theft that just occurred on West Poplar Branch Drive. The leaf blower is valued at $450 and was returned to the victim.