Wires stolen from utility company
A South Carolina Electric and Gas employee reported to North Augusta Public Safety that 50 pounds of copper wire and 50 pounds of Triplex wire were stolen from the 300 block of Bradleyville Road.
The employee told the officer that someone had cut a hole in the rear fence and took the items between 5 p.m. Jan. 26 and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 31, according to an incident report.
The estimated value of the items was $2,500.
Cars broken into at Edgewood Square
Separate North Augusta Public Safety incident reports show that three vehicles in Edgewood Square Shopping Center on Edgefield Road were broken into between 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27.
A wallet containing about $140 in cash and store and debit cards was taken from one vehicle; two check cards were stolen from another vehicle and were later used to make more than $3,000 worth of purchases at several locations in Aiken; and a check card was stolen from the third vehicle and was used to purchase about $1,500 worth of items from Walmart on Richland Avenue in Aiken.
with stolen car
A 20-year-old North Augusta man was arrested after trying to steal a late Christmas gift for his younger brother and was later connected with a car theft from a used car dealership.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, Sylar Ronald Kennedy, of the 100 block of New Castle Avenue, put two rap CDs in his pants pocket and walked out of the door of Kmart around 9:15 a.m. Jan. 27. The loss prevention employee was able to stop Kennedy, and when the reporting officer arrived he admitted to taking the CDs as a Christmas gift for his little brother.
Around 10:30 a.m., an employee with Buchanan Auto Sales, 105 Edgefield Road, contacted public safety and told the reporting officer that a vehicle was taken from the lot between 6 p.m. Jan. 26 and 3:30 a.m. Jan. 27, according to a separate incident report. After contacting public safety about the missing vehicle, the employee received a call from Kennedy’s mother, who said that her son said he had stolen the vehicle.
When the officer spoke with the mother, she stated that she saw her son driving the vehicle when he came to the home. He had placed two bicycles in the vehicle before leaving, she said.
The vehicle was located in Kmart’s parking lot and taken to North Augusta Public Safety headquarters. While conducting inventory on the vehicle, Kennedy’s wallet and driver’s license was found along with two bicycles.
Kennedy told officers he got the vehicle from a friend. Kennedy was charged with possession of stolen vehicle, shoplifting and trespassing after notice.
Men use hammer to steal electronics
Two men stole two iPads and an iPhone case from Walmart on Jan. 30.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety report, the men had tried to purchase two iPads and a television with a credit card that was declined. Shortly before 9 p.m., the men returned to the electronics department and “smashed the glass with a hammer” to take the iPads and iPhone case. They then ran out of the store and left in a four-door car. The suspects were black males between the ages of 20 and 25. One was wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, gray pants and a skull cap. The other man was wearing a gray shirt, dark jeans and a red baseball cap, according to the report.
Break-in suspects are arrested
The suspects in several North Augusta break-ins were arrested in Columbia County.
Between late night on Feb. 1 and early Thursday morning, three vehicles were broken into in the 100 block of Rosemary Lane.
Items taken from the vehicles included two iPod Touch devices, a pack of sugar cookies with blue frosting, wallets, personal identification and debit cards, a gym bag and clothing, microphone covers, CDs and shoes, according to North Augusta Public Safety incident reports.
Two other vehicles were broken into on Leigh Place. A bag was taken out of one vehicle.
The owner of the second vehicle heard his dog barking and when he looked out the window, he saw a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt standing at his truck with the door open. When the vehicle owner opened the front door to scare the person off, the suspect began running east on Leigh Place and fired three to four gunshots in an unknown direction.
The truck owner found the glove box open and his blue .357-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver missing.
According to the reports, the suspects were later arrested by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in connection to the break-ins: Jacques Terrell Mitchell, 17, of the 500 block of Berretta Drive in Grovetown; Aaron Isah Henry, 17, of the 1700 block of Davidson Drive in Augusta; and Toni Elizabeth Brinson, 19, of the 1700 block of Dunaway Court in Augusta. A juvenile was also arrested.
A teenager with a violent history in North Augusta was caught after a manhunt Jan. 29.
Officers received a tip that David Lee Johnson, 18, was in the area.
Johnson was out on bond on an attempted murder charge from February 2011 in connection with the shooting of Antonio D. Trusdale outside Carpenter’s Exxon. Johnson also had outstanding warrants from April for pointing and presenting a firearm and failing to stop for blue lights and sirens, Lt. Tim Thornton said in an e-mail.
Because of Johnson’s history with firearms, public safety assembled its SWAT Team to arrest Johnson. Officers found him sitting in a car in the Crestlyn subdivision.
When SWAT officers approached, Johnson sped away and nearly hit several children playing next door, Thornton said.
Johnson wrecked the car soon after and ran. North Augusta authorities called in the Aiken Bloodhound Team, who tracked Johnson to a home on Carolina Springs Road, where he was arrested and sent to the Aiken County Detention Center.