Dog Stolen on Hwy 191
The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of a dog being stolen from a residence on Hwy 191 in Johnston, Saturday, Nov. 22. According to the ECSO report, the owner and his dog, which is described as a chocolate colored Labrador retriever, were outside in his yard when the owner observed headlights from a vehicle going towards Hwy 191 on Verdele Drive. The dog’s owner stated he heard a male voice yell “Come here, Boy”, and at the point, his dog ran towards the vehicle. Although he yelled for his dog to come back, the dog did not. The vehicle was then seen headed towards Hwy 191 where the dog’s owner stated it stopped at a stop sign on Verdele Drive and then left the area. The canine’s owner drove down Verdele Drive but did not find his dog. He did find the shock collar his dog was wearing, however, lying on the shoulder of the road of Verdele Drive and Hwy 191. The victim was unable to provide a description of the vehicle. Law enforcement searched the area but was unable to locate the dog.
Burglary on Scoggins Road
A home that is in the process of being built on Scoggins Road in North Augusta (Edgefield County) was burglarized sometime between Friday, Nov. 14, and Friday, Nov. 21, according to an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office report. Stolen from the site were 3 weed eaters, 2 chain saws, an air compressor, and 2 red plastic gas cans. The stolen items were estimated to be worth nearly $1,000. The victim stated the last time he saw the items at the incident location was on Friday, Nov. 14. Several of the items stolen had been left inside the home, however, the scene was left unlocked.
The ECSO is investigating this crime.
Burglars of Trenton Business Caught; Stolen Items Recovered
The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Rainbow Falls Road in North Augusta (Edgefield County), Friday, Nov. 21, after a call came into law enforcement that 3 unknown males and two vehicles were in the driveway of the residence. While deputies were in route to the scene, an additional call came in that said one of the males had identified himself to the homeowner and said he was at the residence because he had stolen a four wheeler and was waiting on another person to come and help him. According to the ECSO report on the incident, when ECSO deputies arrived on the scene, they indeed observed three subjects, two males and a female, in the driveway of the residence behind a white Jeep. Deputies also observed several chrome rims and tires in the back of the Jeep, a tire and rim on top of the Jeep, and one tire and rim on the ground behind the Jeep. A subsequent search of the area also produced a clear plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to marijuana, a small clear bag containing a rock like substance believed to be methamphetamine, a .25 caliber pistol, an orange glass pipe, a box of ammunition, a box of watches, and a blue Kawasaki four wheeler.
When questioned about the incident, one of the subjects, Danny Jordan, 29, of North Augusta, admitted that he had stolen the four wheeler from the business S and T on Edgefield Road. The two owners of the business were called to the scene. One of the owners identified the rims and tires, the four wheeler, and the box of watches as belonging to him; the Jeep was identified as belonging to the other owner of S and T. Both owners stated their items had been taken without their consent.
Jordan, along with Jeremy Griffin, 29, of Augusta, GA, and Jennifer Buser, 21, of Grovetown, GA, was arrested and transported to the Edgefield County Detention Center. Jordan and Griffin were charged with Burglary 2nd violent, grand larceny, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance. According to an ECSO spokesperson, it was determined Buser was not involved in the theft of the items. However, she was charged with possession of cocaine for items found in her vehicle at the scene.
North Augusta HS Students Caught Mudding at Fox Creek HS
Two North Augusta High School students, one seventeen and the other sixteen, were caught after the they went mudding at Fox Creek High School. According to an Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office report, the students were observed by a member of the Fox Creek staff when they entered the school property then went through a retention pond and out onto a wet field near the weightlifting building where they proceeded to drive their two trucks through the mud. The report states the vehicles rutted up the field by spinning tires and getting stuck in the mud. The damages to the property was estimated to be $1,500. No trespassing signs are posted on the property.
Once identified, both North Augusta students admitted their parts in the crime. The older of the two was charged with trespassing and malicious injury to property. Due to his age, the sixteen year old was charged on a juvenile complaint with trespassing and malicious injury to property.
Information from this incident has been forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice and the School Resource Officer at Fox Creek.