Worker at recycling center finds skull
North Augusta police have recovered a skull found by a recycling center employee as it went by on a conveyor belt.
Police were called to Materials Recovery Facility on June 10 after the employee discovered what appeared to be an adult human skull. The business is off Claypit Road.
North Augusta Department of Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said the skull appears to have been partially spray-painted green.
It has no observable trauma, such as fractures or bullet holes, and is clean, leading police to think it has been separated from the body for a long time.
“We don’t know if we have a crime yet,” Thornton said. “There’s nothing suspicious about this except for the oddity in which it was uncovered. You don’t see this every day.”
Police are looking into the possibility that the skull was discarded by a medical student who no longer had use for it.
Numerous Web sites online offer the purchase of “real human skulls” that are often used by medical students.
Thornton said police are considering options and getting suggestions on what could be done with the skull.
Anyone with information about the skull or how it ended up at the recycling center is asked to contact the North Augusta Department of Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.
Police identify suspect in home invasion, rape
North Augusta police have identified one of two men they say forced their way into an Atomic Road home last month, robbing and raping the victims.
The North Augusta Department of Public Safety is seeking Timothy Green, 25, on charges of armed robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.
Lt. Tim Thornton said two men knocked on the door the morning of May 22 and forced their way in. A man and woman were in the home at the time.
Thornton said the bandits robbed the couple and sexually assaulted the female victim.
The second man has not been identified.
Anyone with information on Green or his accomplice can contact North Augusta Public Safety at (803) 279-2121.
Homeowner thwarts burglary attempt
North Augusta authorities say a homeowner helped thwart a burglary attempt late last week by chasing the suspects until helped arrived.
Grace Abrigo, of North Augusta, told police that at about 2:40 p.m. on June 5, she noticed an unfamiliar black Ford Explorer in the driveway of her McKenzie Street house, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report.
When Abrigo attempted to block the SUV in with her car, the suspects drove through the yard. Abrigo followed the SUV until public safety officers caught up, ultimately stopping near the intersection of Carolina Springs and Brigham roads.
Inside the vehicle, officers found about $2,000 worth of electronics stolen from Abrigo’s home.
The suspects, Milton Edmond Taylor IV, 22, of Augusta, and Domonique Tyrone Clark, 22, of Augusta, were arrested and booked into the Aiken County Detention center on felony charges of burglary in the second degree.
Shoplifter rolls out of Kroger store
North Augusta police are searching for a man who drove out of a Knox Avenue grocery store on a motorized scooter with stolen merchandise.
The manager at Kroger told police the man filled the basket of the scooter and then rolled out of the store around 7 p.m. on June 6. He was last seen leaving the parking lot in a tan Chevrolet pickup truck.
Stolen items found after teen stopped for speeding
A teenager pulled over for speeding was charged after police discovered alcohol and stolen merchandise in the vehicle.
According to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report, an officer stopped Jairo Johann Robles, 19, of Katherine Street, after he was observed traveling 50 in a 35 mph zone on Old Edgefield Road around 11 p.m. June 10. In the vehicle, the officer discovered a 12-pack of beer with several beers missing, an open beer wedged between the passenger seat and console and a .380 handgun.
The gun, which Robles claimed he found in the woods, had previously been reported stolen, along with a Garmin GPS. The officer discovered two Garmin GPS devices in the car, along with a bowling ring too large to fit Robles’ fingers. A name inscribed in the ring had been scratched out. Robles told the officer he had found the ring.
Robles was booked on charges of speeding, open container, possession of alcohol under 21, unlawful carry of a handgun and possession of stolen property.
Shoplifting suspect arrested for sixth time in 18 years
An Augusta man has been charged with shoplifting for the sixth time since 1996.
North Augusta police were called to Wal-Mart around 10 a.m. Wednesday after the suspect, Ricky Duhart, 49, of Leeway Landing in Augusta, was seen concealing two travel coffee mugs in a bookbag and leaving the store. Officers chased the suspect and captured him in a backyard on the 400 block of Henry Street.
According to an incident report, Duhart has previous shoplifting convictions from 1996, 2001, twice in 2002 and 2011.
He was transported to the Aiken County Detention Center on a charge of shoplifting less than $2,000.