Five arrested in raid
North Augusta Public Safety arrested five people during a raid at an apartment complex on Bradleyville Road last week, according to a news release.
At about 10 a.m. Aug. 8, the department’s SWAT team executed a narcotics search warrant on an apartment in Ridgeview Manor after a month-long investigation into complaints by neighbors of drug activity. Lt. Tim Thornton said officers confiscated cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and more than $1,000 in cash.
Matthew Whittaker, 25, Jasmine Burley, 22, Antonio Goodwin, 36, and Ladevarian Marquis, 26, all of North Augusta, and Tavarius Burley, 21, of Augusta, were arrested on charges that included possession with intent to distribute and disobeying a lawful order of police.
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearm’s Regional Anti-Gang Enforcement unit assisted in the raid, the release said.
Shoplifter takes clothing
A Waynesboro woman is accused of taking clothing and school supplies from Walmart during South Carolina’s sales tax holiday weekend.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, police were dispatched to the store around 2:20 p.m. Aug. 4 in reference to a shoplifting incident. The complainant told police that the woman, later identified as 39-year-old Geneva Holden, had hidden the items in her purse.
The reporting officer found a black pair of pants, a white shirt, color pencils, a pen box, glue sticks, crayons, a pencil sharpener and pencils in Holden’s purse. The items were valued at $41.25.
Holden was taken to public safety headquarters and booked for shoplifting.
Man steals underwear
While responding to Walmart for another shoplifting incident on Aug. 7, North Augusta Public Safety was informed another person was attempting to leave the store with stolen items.
The man, later identified as 41-year-old Billy James Myers Jr., had hidden a utility knife, which was still in its box, and a pair of women’s panties inside of his underwear, according to an incident report. The stolen items were valued at $52.42.
A syringe filled with a clear liquid was also found inside an eyeglass case that was in Myers’ pockets, the report stated.
Myers, of the 2200 block of Overlook Road in Augusta, was taken to public safety headquarters and booked for shoplifting.
Vehicles broken into
Two vehicles were broken into Aug. 8 at Brick Pond Park while their owners were doing a photo shoot.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the victims told police they arrived to the park around 1:15 p.m. and when they returned to their vehicles about 30 minutes later, they found the car windows had been busted out.
The passenger window on one victim’s vehicle had been broken. She told police that her Victoria’s Secret bag had been gone through and her Coach wallet containing a driver’s license, bank card and insurance cards had been taken.
The back rear passenger window on the second victim’s vehicle had been knocked out. The victim told police that her purse and a small black pouch had been taken along with social security cards for herself and her children, an ID card and a credit card.