Police blotter for July 21st-27th

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Man grazed by shot during argument

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at 16 Wildcat Lane in Burton.

According to a sheriff’s report, at about 1 p.m. on July 16 a 25-year-old man was grazed by a bullet.

The victim told deputies that he was visiting a friend when another man showed up and they got into an argument. The suspect pulled a gun, shot the victim and then ran away.

The suspect was described as a black man in his early 20s, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Beaufort County Communications 843-524-2777; or CrimeStoppers 1-888-CrimeSC if they want to remain anonymous and to collect a possible reward.

Skeletal remains ID’d through dental records

Skeletal remains that were found on Russ Point Boat Landing have been identified as Conner Pace, 27.

Dental records, which were used during an autopsy performed at the Medical University of South Carolina on July 15, confirmed the man’s identity.

According to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report, a cause of death has not been determined, but there appeared to be no foul play involved.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office had been asked for help locating Pace, of Gainesville, Fla.

The Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department (SCMPD) told the sheriff’s office that it found Pace’s vehicle abandoned in a parking garage. Pace’s family became concerned and filed a missing person report.

SCMPD investigators looked into his credit card activity and found that Pace had checked into the Beach House hotel on Hilton Head Island on June 21.

On the morning of June 22, Pace’s wallet and a few of his personal belongings were found by sheriff’s office investigators in the hotel room. They also located some other belongings he had left behind.

According to his family, Pace suffered from an undisclosed condition and may have been in need of medical attention.

Men steal more than $10,000 in merchandise

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify two men who they say stole $10,930 worth of merchandise from True Religion, 1252 Fording Island Road in Bluffton.

On June 30, the suspects entered the store with trash bags. One suspect went to the back of the store while the other suspect stayed in the front, filling a bag with merchandise.

They both walked out of the store, going in different directions.

They were seen entering a bronze Chevy Cobalt with an orange paper tag that said “BERK,” and left in the direction of Fording Island Road.

Call 843-255-3308 with information.

Police are looking for these two men.
Police are looking for these two men.

Police: Man bashed vending machines

Over the past month and a half, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has responded to nearly two dozen reports of vending machine break-ins in Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island.

The similarities in the incidents led investigators to believe the same person or persons were responsible for most of the break-ins.

Paul Chisolm
Paul Chisolm

Investigators reviewed all of the incidents and decided to conduct surveillance on the most affected location, Tanger 2 Outlet in Bluffton.

While on surveillance a few hours after the shops at Tanger 2 closed on July 8, investigators saw a man walking through the parking lot carrying a sledgehammer.

They followed the man as he walked toward the vending machines.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the man broke into a Coca Cola vending machine with a sledgehammer in the area of the bill acceptor. Sheriff’s office investigators arrested the suspect, Paul Chisolm, 50, of Hilton Head.

The report states that in addition to the sledgehammer, Chisolm had a pry bar. Investigators also found a moped belonging to Chisolm in hidden in a wooded area bordering Tanger 2.

He was charged with possession of burglary tools and vandalism.

Chisolm posted a $7,000 bond and was released.

Meanwhile, DNA evidence collected during the investigation of the other vending machine incidents is being examined at the sheriff’s office Forensic Services Laboratory.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC if they want to remain anonymous and collect a possible reward; or sheriff’s office investigators Doug Seifert and Seth Reynells at 843-255-3300.

Police suspect these two men of stealing a Jeep.
Police suspect these two men of stealing a Jeep.

Sheriff’s office seeks help in ID’ing suspects

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify the men they say stole a white 2015 Jeep Wrangler, displaying a temporary tag, from Stokes Toyota at 100 Fording Island Road in Bluffton.

According to a sheriff’s report, the men came into the business on July 7 and were acting suspicious. The vehicle had already been purchased and as the paperwork was being processed it was discovered the key was missing.

The suspects were seen on video surveillance sneaking onto the property and leaving a few minutes later in the Jeep, the report states.

The same men went for a test drive at Hilton Head BMW and the key was discovered missing a short time later, so the dealership secured the vehicle inside the business.

The suspects are also believed to be involved in the theft of a key from the Mercedes dealership at 155 Fording Island Road in Bluffton.

Contact Cpl. W. Murphy at 843-255-3314 or call Beaufort County Dispatch at 843-524-2777 to provide information.

Police: Heroin, false IDs found at traffic stop

A traffic stop on July 7 led to the seizure of heroin, drug paraphernalia, false identifications and three arrests, according to Bluffton police.

Warren Weeks and Ellen Weeks, both 49, and 27-year-old Jesse Weeks were arrested and are being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

As a result of the arrests made from the traffic stop, Bluffton Police Special Investigations Unit detectives got a search warrant for the home of those arrested.

There, a police report states that they found more heroin and multiple identity documents belonging to various people who did not live at the residence.

CERT classes being offered at TCL

A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is being offered to Beaufort County residents to increase self-sufficiency in a disaster.

Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and neighbors.

CERT classes are free and are held at the Technical College of the Lowcountry at 921 Ribaut Road in Beaufort.

The course is taught in four class sessions that are held from 6-9 p.m. and a Saturday exercise class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The classes are as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 2: Personal Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation

Thursday, Aug. 4: Disaster Medical I

Tuesday, Aug. 9: Disaster Psychology/Terrorism Response

Thursday, Aug. 11: Disaster Medical II/CERT Organization

Saturday, Aug. 13: Fire Suppression/Disaster Search Techniques & Exercise

For more information or to register, contact Major David Zeoli at 843-812-8035 or email cert@bcgov.net or call Kris Legg at 843-263-2783.