Burglars caught at home
A North Augusta couple was arrested after being caught by a homeowner during a burglary attempt and then barricading themselves in a North Augusta home Saturday morning, police said.
Tyler Patrick Moulton, 22, and Megan Marie White, 24, both of North Augusta, were burglarizing a home on the 700 block of West Martintown Road just after 10 a.m., when the homeowner arrived and called police after seeing the back door had been kicked in, authorities said.
According to the incident report, North Augusta Public Safety officers arrived and surrounded Kirby Ashe’s house.
An officer saw Moulton coming out a window, but he jumped back inside when he saw police.
Lt. Clay Swann called the SWAT team after Ashe, the homeowner, told him there were weapons inside, the report said.
Before the SWAT team arrived, two officers went in the front door and saw Moulton trying to hide. He was arrested without incident.
While in the squad car, Moulton told officers his girlfriend was upstairs in the house. She surrendered and was arrested. Both were charged with burglary in the second degree, the report said.
Moulton and White had stacked things by the door that they were planning to take, Swann said.
Officers confiscated Moulton’s car at the scene and found two BB guns, a bag of silver utensils, a box of jewelry, a flat-screen TV, several gold spoons and a bag of syringes and spoons.
The report said the BB guns and bag of syringes and spoons were to be destroyed, and the rest was placed into evidence.
Man sought in break-ins
North Augusta investigators are asking for assistance in their search for a person who broke into several vehicles Nov. 16.
A black male driving a white SUV was seen on residential surveillance video breaking into the vehicles around 10 p.m. in the Waccamaw and Brookgreen area on West Martintown Road.
Police said the SUV might have some minor damage to the back or side from backing over a mailbox on Socastee Drive.
Anyone with information is asked to call North Augusta Public Safety at (803) 279-2121. Go to www.northaugustatoday.com to view photos from the survellience video.
Men sought in robbery
North Augusta Public Safety is searching for five men in an armed robbery and shooting that left a 30-year-old with a gunshot wound in the foot.
Police were called to the 100 block of Chalet North Court, off Bradleyville Road, about 9 p.m. Nov. 16, where they found Darryl Trotty Jr. with a gunshot wound.
Trotty told officers that he and his uncle were standing outside when five men in camouflage coats and masks approached with pistols and demanded money. Witnesses told officers that Trotty was assaulted before shots were fired.
The men fled with an undisclosed amount of money from both victims. Trotty was the only person wounded.
Anyone with information is asked to call North Augusta Public Safety Detective Chris Toole at (803) 441-4217.