Intruder steals tobacco products
North Augusta Public Safety officers are searching for a man who broke into Murphy USA on March 13 and left with tobacco products.
According to an incident report, an employee first noticed the burglary after arriving for work around 4 a.m. A small front window was broken, but the cash drawer appeared untouched, with the money still inside it.
Surveillance video revealed that a man in a heavy black coat, skull cap and gloves broke the window with a wooden club earlier and had tried to unlock the deadbolt but was unsuccessful.
The person left and later returned with a what appeared to be a tree branch, which he used to gain access.
Police said the man looked around the store, took several packs of cigarettes and then left. He later returned, took several cans of chewing tobacco, poured a drink on a computer and left again.
Woman charged with shoplifting
A 36-year-old woman was arrested March 10 after trying to steal $234 worth of steaks from Food Lion, 135 Market Place Drive.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, Stephanie Dawn Barrett, of the 400 block of Big Oak Drive, placed the steaks into a large white bag, and when confronted by the store’s manager about the hidden items, she apologized, placed the bag on the ground and ran to a black vehicle.
A check of the vehicle’s tag found that the vehicle had been stolen from Edgefield County.
Barrett was arrested and charged with shoplifting.