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Residents need to be vigilant of car break-ins

In light of recent vehicle break-ins, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind residents to secure their property.

Since the beginning of the year, 72 vehicles have been reportedly broken into in Northern Beaufort County. In all of these cases, the vehicles had been left unlocked, with no forced entry observed. These thefts tend to occur between the hours of 12 to 5 a.m., and are usually not discovered until daylight. No suspect(s) have been identified, however, several witnesses have reported seeing one or more suspicious white males walking and/or driving through neighborhoods.

Thefts have thus far been concentrated in the areas of Cat Island, Battery Shores, Iron Gate, Mink Point, Royal Pines, Shell Point, and Tanglewood. Sheriff’s Office investigators are continuing to work closely with Beaufort Police Department investigators as similar thefts are occurring within both jurisdictions.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages residents to secure their vehicles each time they are left unattended, and to remove items of value that may entice the would-be thief to make entry. Residents are also asked to be on the lookout for and immediately report any suspicious person(s) or activity observed by calling the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777 or Crimestoppers.

Sheriff’s Office arrests suspect for murder 

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office located and arrested Bernard D. Chisolm at 6:10 p.m. on January 25 for the murder of Herbert Evans, which occurred early that morning at 17 Qualls Lane.

Chisolm was apprehended in the yard of his residence in Burton without incident and was charged with Murder and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime. He was transported to the Beaufort County Detention Center after an interview by Sheriff’s Office Investigators.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information to contact Cpl. Adam Zsamar at 843-255-3408.

Suspect arrested in shooting death

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigators have arrested a suspect in the January 18 shooting incident that killed a 27-year-old Seabrook man.

Quinton Darnel Delaney, Jr , 21, has been charged with one count of Murder in the shooting death of 27-year-old Tyrice Washington. Delaney, who was arrested the night of the shooting during the course of a traffic stop conducted by Beaufort Police Department, was served with the warrant for Murder on January 22 at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

During the course of the still ongoing investigation, it was determined that Delaney and Washington were hanging out together, drinking in a vehicle parked in the area of 96 Delaney Circle. Both men were reportedly both handling firearms when there was a brief verbal disagreement that led to Delaney shooting Washington.

Following the shooting, it is believed Delaney drove around before eventually dropping Washington off at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital emergency room. Washington was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

Within minutes of Washington being dropped off at the hospital, Beaufort Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop on Delaney in the area of Walgreens on Palmetto St. He was arrested for Unlawful Carrying of a Handgun, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun with an Obliterated Serial Number, and speeding as a result of the traffic stop.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Staff Sgt. J. Fraser at 843-255-3416, Cpl. J. Malphrus at 843-255-3426 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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