North Augusta suspect arrested
A 20-year-old North Augusta man was arrested Jan. 25 in connection with a Jan. 16 home invasion and several car break-ins.
Jordan Contrell Dukes was arrested at the East Augusta Commons apartment complex in Augusta, according to a North Augusta Public Safety news release.
Dukes was taken to the Richmond County Jail and several warrants were to be served upon his return to South Carolina.
Public Safety worked with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Fore and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Task Force to make the arrest.
A big rig pulling a trailer collided with a gasoline pump Friday morning at Four Seasons, 901 Edgefield Road.
North Augusta Public Safety officers saw a security tape that showed the truck pulled into the business’ parking lot from Ascauga Lake Road and hit the pump before leaving the scene traveling north on U.S. Highway 25 around 1:23 a.m., according to an incident report.
The reporting officer saw that the steel barrier was broken, the concrete platform crushed and the gas pump broken free from the ground. There was additional damage to the face of the gas pump.
The tractor trailer was “reddish” with a sleeper cab and the trailer it was pulling had the word “Perdue” on its side along with the slogan, “A family commitment to quality since 1920,” the report states.
The damage was estimated at $35,000.
Man floods business
The owner of a laundromat found his business flooded Jan. 25 after someone had removed the hose connected to the business’s toilet.
A security camera showed that around 10:30 p.m., a 60- to 70-year-old black man entered Market Place Laundry Mat, 153 Market Place Drive, without any laundry and went straight to the bathroom, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.
The man then left the laundromat on foot. The owner told officers he saw the same man on a security camera at his Graniteville location, pulling the front metal plate off of washers and dryers, the report states.
Men break into cigar store
North Augusta Public Safety officers are searching for three men who broke into an Edgefield Road business Jan. 23.
According to an incident report, officers were called to Bucksnort’s Cigars, 215 Edgefield Road, around 11:30 p.m. for an alarm activation and found someone had broken the window with a brick.
Surveillance videos showed three men entered the store and left with money from the cash register and smoking paraphernalia.
Further video showed three men who matched the burglars’ descriptions in the store eight hours before the burglary.