Crime in the County
The following incidents were obtained from Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports:
• A Bonneau woman reported on June 8 that a neighbor may have stolen electricity for over a month. The Park Circle resident noticed her electric bill jumped from $122 to $400 in one month. She inspected her well pump electric hookup and saw her neighbor’s well pump electric source hooked to her residence’s power supply outlet.
The victim said she believes her neighbor plugged her well pump into her power supply causing the surge in her electric bill. The deputy observed two electric plugs coming from the electric outlet. The deputy attempted to contact the neighbor.
• Deputies met with a Pineville man June 11 who said his neighboring, vacant rental property had been burglarized and someone had been living there. He said his air compressor was missing.
The victim found an empty potato chip bag, soda can and a bottle of vanilla body lotion in the residence that did not belong to him. The victim said he had left the back door unlocked.
• A St. Stephen man’s shed was broken into, and nearly $900 in lawn and garden equipment was stolen. Sometime on June 12 the victim noticed the chair in front of his storage shed had been moved and the door was pried open. The lock and doorknob were broken.
The victim found a broken hammer and brick near the storage shed, which he believes were used in the break-in. Missing items include a pressure washer, two weed eaters, a gas leaf blower and a hedge trimmer. The victim provided the name of a possible suspect.
• A White Pine Court woman in the process of moving reported a possible burglary. She said that on June 13 her locks were changed and she cannot access her residence. She said the lock on the front door was changed May 27 but she could still access the residence through the back door. On June 3 she was told by an employee, presumably of the rental company, that her locks would not be changed again until July 3, the day she was set to leave the premises.
A lock company confirmed they changed the lock on June 13. The victim was unable to provide the deputy with a list of missing items because she could not access her residence.
• A Summerville woman purchased a white collie mix at the SPCA on Cypress Gardens Road on June 8. Her new dog jumped out of the window as she was heading toward U.S.-17A. She left her vehicle running in the road as she chased after the dog. The victim said she walked back to the the gated SPCA premises and found someone had moved her car to the parking lot then realized her purse was missing from the front seat. She said the purse contained $1,700 cash, a $300 cell phone and her driver’s license.
The report did not indicate what happened to the dog.