Crime in the County

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The following incidents were obtained from Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports:

On March 19 a man reported that more than $500 of firewood was stolen from his property off Gaillard Road. The victim said he has several no trespassing signs on the property. He last saw the wood on March 11. He had several cords of firewood cut and stacked on the property. The victim checked around and found the name of a suspect. When a deputy interviewed the suspect she did not admit to taking the firewood.

A break-in at a warehouse near Moncks Corner was reported on March 13. The complainant found a cut lock on the fence surrounding the property. The complainant told a deputy it appears someone was driving a forklift around inside the warehouse after breaking in. There were visible tracks inside the warehouse. The deputy noticed some damage to the rear door. At the time of the report the items in the warehouse had not been inventoried so the complainant was unable to tell if anything was stolen.

A storage shed burglary near Bonneau left one man missing more than $10,000 in property. On March 17 the victim was retrieving his newspaper when he noticed both shed doors were open. The back window had been pried open. An open container of oil was found on the countertop and oil was smeared on the floor. A striker and a can of WD-40 were also found on the floor. The victim believes the burglar may have attempted to start a fire. Items missing include a tiller, a compressor, a generator, electrical cords, saws, a wheel barrow, a dump trailer, a gas trimmer, three gas cans (two of which were full) and three socket sets. A deputy photographed the scene and turned in the evidence to forensics. The tiller and air compressor were entered into NCIC.

A Pineville man reported his pump house caught fire on March 14. He said when he returned home he noticed it was damaged along with his fence. The man said he believes it was arson. The deputy noticed an extension cord going to the pump house had caught fire. Firefighters on scene told the deputy the man had an inverter that had other cords powered to the pump house. The complainant told the deputy he thinks one of the men with the fire department set the fire. He told the deputy he has an insurance claim on the pump house already from a previous incident in which the wires and pump house caught fire. He said he never replaced the wires that caught fire the first time.

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