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Materials stolen from construction site  

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of more than $15,000 in materials and equipment from the construction site of the new Lady’s Island/St. Helena Fire District Headquarters.

The thefts were discovered and reported Wednesday, Dec. 11, and are believed to have occurred the night before. A representative of one of the victims, Pender Brothers, Inc., advised that he went to the job site at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and noticed that a large amount of copper piping was missing.

A representative of a second victim, Quality Electrical Systems, advised that upon arrival to the job site Wednesday, he found that a lock had been cut off and removed from a company work trailer at the site. The trailer had contained multiple rolls of wiring, a hammer drill and accessories, and extension cords; all of which were missing.

At this time, no suspect(s) have been identified. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Cpl. A. Zsamar at 843-255-3408 or Crimestoppers.

 

Family Dollar robbery under investigation  

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attempted armed robbery of a St. Helena retail store early Sunday, Dec. 16.

Just after 6 a.m. Sunday morning, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported attempted robbery occurring at the Family Dollar (791 Sea Island Parkway). Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a 50-year-old female employee who advised that an unknown suspect had just attempted to rob the store.

The victim advised that she had just arrived at the store and was unlocking the front door to go inside when she was suddenly approached by an unknown black male, armed with a handgun. The suspect put the gun to the victim’s neck and forced her into the store. Once inside, the suspect questioned the victim about the location of the store’s safe, and ordered her to disable the security system. The victim complied, however, was unable to stop the alarm from sounding.

The suspect then fled the store, failing to steal anything. The victim was left unharmed and she immediately called 911. The suspect was described only as a black male wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt, which was pulled over his head to conceal his face.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Sgt. J. Kelleher at 843-255-3418 or Crimestoppers.

 

Sheriff’s Office investigating shooting  

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting incident that left one man injured outside a Beaufort social club overnight.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, Sheriff’s deputies responded to Nighthawks Motorcycle Club (101 Broad River Boulevard) in reference to a reported gunshot victim. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a 52-year-old male lying on a picnic table outside. The victim had sustained a gunshot injury to the shoulder.

Neither the victim, nor any other club patrons could advise how the shooting had occurred, nor could anyone provide any suspect information. Based on evidence collected at the scene, it is believed that two or more suspects may have exchanged gunfire in the parking lot, with the victim being unintentionally caught in the crossfire.

The victim was transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The motive for the shooting remains undetermined at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator SSgt. J. Fraser at 843-255-3416 or Crimestoppers.

 

Sheriff’s Office investigating robbery  

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion and robbery that occurred early Saturday, Dec. 14, at a home on Paige Point Road.

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning, Sheriff’s deputies responded to 129 Paige Point Road in reference to a reported robbery and assault occurring moments earlier. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the 56-year-old male homeowner, who advised that two unknown suspects had just broken into his home and robbed him.

The victim advised that two black males, one armed with a shotgun, had made forced entry through the back door of his home. One of the suspects punched the victim in the face several times and demanded his wallet.

The suspects reportedly took the victim’s wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the home in an unknown direction. Both suspects were described only as black males wearing all black clothing. The victim sustained visible facial injuries, however, refused any medical attention.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to contact either Investigator Cpl. J. Malphrus at 843-255-3426 or Crimestoppers.

 

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