Crime Blotter

Crime Blotter

Armed Robbery at Caper House #2 in Johnston

The Caper House #2 on Lee Street in Johnston was the site of an early morning armed robbery, Monday, Dec. 1. According to Johnston Police Chief Lamaz Robinson, who spoke with The Advertiser regarding the crime, a man wearing a ski mask and carrying what is believed to be a black semi-automatic pistol entered the facility around 5:30 and demanded money from the clerk. She complied, and the robber fled the scene.

The suspect in this case is described as a black male who was last seen wearing a black ski mask, blue hoodie, blue jeans, dark tennis shoes, and what is believed to possibly have been white socks cut out to cover his hands. Whether he fled the scene on foot or by getaway car has not yet been determined, however, the canine unit of the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, who assisted the JPD in response to this crime, did track to tire marks found in the vicinity of the incident.

There were no injuries as a result of this robbery. Additionally, the exact amount of cash taken has not been determined, but Chief Robinson described it as “a large amount of cash.”

The JPD is investigating this crime. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the JPD at 275-2488 or the ECSO at 637-5337.

Rifle Stolen from Home on Briggs Haven

The theft of a firearm from a home on Briggs Haven Circle in North Augusta (Edgefield County) was reported to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, Thursday, Nov. 27. According to the victim, he had last seen the grey and black .22 rifle with scope in a closet in his bedroom the day before. There were no signs of forced entry into the home, and no other items were taken. Additionally, the victim could not provide law enforcement with any possible suspects. This case is being investigated by the ECSO.

Dogs at Large Kill Four Goats in Johnston

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Hardy Place Road in Johnston, Wednesday, Nov. 26, after the homeowner notified law enforcement that two dogs at large had killed four of her goats. According to the ECSO report on the incident, the owner of the goats was inside her home when she saw two dogs chasing her goats in her pasture. The woman went outside and fired several shots from a handgun at the dogs but did not hit them. She then discovered the bodies of four dead goats and noted that one goat was still missing.

The dogs in this incident were described as a cream colored pit bull and a white and brown bird dog. They were found hiding under a shelter in the goat pen. The ECSO’s Animal Control Unit was called to the scene and removed the canines. They were taken to the Aiken County Animal Shelter.

The pit bull was noted as belonging to a resident that rents a property on Hardy Place Road, however, no owner could be determined for the bird dog. The ECSO did attempt to make contact with the pit bull’s owner, going to the home and calling the owner, but got no reply in either case. The ECSO is continuing to investigate this matter, and charges are pending.