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Police Blotter

Posted: August 7, 2012 - 4:20pm  |  Updated: August 15, 2012 - 11:48am

Man is robbed
at gunpoint

A 24-year old North Augusta man told police that two men stole his vehicle July 29 after asking him for a cigarette.

According to a North Augusta Public Safety report, the victim was standing by his vehicle at the Pine Crest Apartment complex when two men in a black Ford Crown Victoria car approached him and asked for a cigarette around 11:35 p.m.

They then pointed a revolver at the victim’s head and asked for his wallet and money. When the victim told them he didn’t have any money, the men told him to give them the keys to his vehicle and then they fled the area with the victim’s vehicle, according to the report.

 

Woman attempts to steal baby monitor

A Trenton, S.C., woman – with her 2-year-old daughter in tow – was arrested at Walmart on Aug. 1 after being accused of trying to steal a baby monitor, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.

Letahja Stephens was seen taking the $230 baby monitor off a shelf inside the store and placing it in an empty Walmart bag before trying to leave, according to the report. She was stopped by one of the store’s loss-prevention employees and held until a public safety officer could arrive.

Stephens admitted to the theft and was arrested with shoplifting. Her daughter was turned over to a friend who came to the store, according to the report.

Stephens was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center.

 

Tow truck driver reports attack

A tow truck driver told police that a man opened his door and later threw a stick at his vehicle when he drove through the Pine Crest Apartment complex around 9:20 p.m. July 31.

The man said that he was towing a vehicle that was repossessed in Hephzibah when he heard a man say that it was his mother’s car, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.

The man came up to the tow truck and began yelling at the driver and opened the driver’s door. The driver said he was able to close and lock the door and began driving away from the man. The man then hit the side of the tow truck and threw a stick at it, according to the report.

 

School building broken into

Two people have been arrested in connection with breaking into the Aiken County Public Schools Area 2 building, 740 Old Edgefield Road, on Aug. 1.

According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, officers were dispatched to the building, which is located by Summerfield Park, around 9:45 p.m. in reference to a group of men breaking into the building.

One officer went to the back side of Walmart and walked in through the wood line while another officer pulled into the building’s parking lot. The officer that entered the area from the back was later heard telling several people to get on the ground.

The second officer then noticed a group climbing through the wood line next to the building and another male run across the soccer field to get over to Royalette Avenue. The officer then called dispatch for additional units due to the number of people trying to get away.

The other officer was able to take one into custody, later identified as 18-year-old  Xavier Mitchell, who was running out of the building along with several others as the officer was telling them to get on the ground, according to the report.

An investigator was called to the scene and a window on the front of the Area 2 building had been broken and “several items of interest” were found inside of the building, according to the report.

Mitchell, of the 1100 block of Terrace Circle, was taken to public safety headquarters where he was charged with burglary in the second degree after being interviewed by an investigator.

The next morning, a second person was arrested when he came to public safety headquarters to report that his backpack had been stolen from Summerfield Park, according to the report.

When he was taken into the interview room to give a statement, Shaquan Darvon Bash first stated that his bag was stolen and he didn’t run from officers the night before. A detective “advised Mr. Bash of the evidence found and Mr. Bash finally confessed to being in the building and running from the officers,” according to the report.

Bash, 17, was placed under arrest and charged with burglary second degree.

The Area 2 building has been vacant for a little more than a year after the school district changed from an area superintendent structure to one with academic officers.

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