Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Town of Moncks Corner’s maintenance shed was broken into and tampered with twice in one week.
The shed is located behind Unity Park off Main Street, at 103 White Street.
The most recent incident occurred on July 4, between 6:30 a.m. and 6:40 p.m., according to a Moncks Corner Police Department incident report. Someone pushed on the side gate and bent the shroud with a padlock on it and may have entered but no items appeared to be missing.
This wasn’t the case on July 1, when it was discovered that nearly $2,000 worth of items had been stolen from the shed, according to an MCPD report.
The maintenance supervisor told police many on the crew worked late the night of June 28 for the town’s Fourth of July street dance and parade. The shed was not secured until 1 a.m. the following day. All of the saws and trimmers were in the shed at this time, according to the report.
On July 1 employees came into work at 6:30 a.m. and noticed two chainsaws, a hedge trimmer and a pole saw were missing, according to the report. The front door had pry marks on it.
"We've had a series of break-ins at the town shed behind Unity Park," Public Services Director Butch Svagerko said during the July monthly meeting of town council. "We have priced surveillance cameras for the shed and lot area and should have them installed soon."
Svagerko added that the parties responsible for the theft were able to access the yard by scaling the fence that fronts the Wells Fargo Bank property. Because of the variance in the land grade, the fence is a little more than a foot in height there.
"Until the cameras are installed we have taken steps to better secure the shed and lot."