Crime Blotter

Crime Blotter

Seven Vehicles Discovered Broken Into

Over $40,000 of Merchandise Stolen From One Truck

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded Thursday, Sept. 10, to a total of seven vehicles that were reported broken into in the Stephens Mill Drive and Fox Chase Circle areas of the county. At one scene on Fox Chase Circle, over $40,000 of merchandise, including medical equipment and supplies, was stolen. Other items stolen from the various scenes included cards and paper work with personal identification information on them, jewelry, knives, sunglasses, and a GPS system. Nearly all of the vehicles were left unlocked, and as a result, many were left undamaged. However, entry into one truck was gained through the vehicle’s sliding rear window and that vehicle, along with one other, did report damage. The culprits are believed to have broken into these vehicles sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The ECSO is investigating these break-ins. An ECSO spokesperson told The Advertiser, Friday, since these crimes did occur in two separate neighborhoods, that it is unclear at this time if they are related.

Drive-By Shooting in Johnston

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a firearm being discharged into a home on Waterworks Road in Johnston, Tuesday night, Sept. 8, around 10:00. According to the ECSO report on the incident, the resident of the home and his girlfriend were inside the residence when they heard approximately four shots fired at the house. The 22 year old resident stated that at the onset of the shooting, he moved his girlfriend to the floor for safety, grabbed his rifle, and called 911.

The ECSO was able to find two bullet holes in the home; both located at the bedroom area of the house. The ECSO was also able to find where one bullet entered the resident’s pickup truck. It entered through the passenger’s side bed of the vehicle and traveled through the silver metal tool box located in the rear of the truck. Additionally, four shell casings were found at the scene and confiscated as evidence.

The female victim was able to provide law enforcement with the name of a possible suspect in this case. Neighbors were also able to provide a possible description of the vehicle used in this incident; a blue or gray truck. That same truck was seen by neighbors driving by the victim’s residence earlier in the day.

The ECSO is investigating this incident. The Advertiser will continue to follow this story and make updates as they become available.


The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 20 year old Bryson Holsonback of Aiken in connection with the drive-by shooting Tuesday night, Sept. 8, on Waterworks Road in Johnston. He is being charged with discharging a firearm into a dwelling. Holsonback turned himself into law enforcement Friday afternoon and was taken into the Edgefield County Detention Center without incident.

The ECSO is continuing to investigate this crime. More arrests may follow.