Crime Blotter

Crime Blotter

Auto Break-ins in Currytown Station Subdivision

Over a dozen automobiles were broken into in the Currytown Station Subdivision sometime during the late night hours, Tuesday, Jan 20. According to the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, the first call reporting a break-in in that area came into dispatch around 5:30 Wednesday morning.

As the ECSO investigated the area, a resident reported hearing a strange noise outside her home around midnight. When that home’s floodlights were activated, the homeowners did not see anything. Additionally, a suspicious vehicle was also reported being seen in the area Tuesday night.

Some of the vehicles were merely broken into and nothing taken. However, a $500 tablet and a purse containing credit/debt cards were among the items that were reported stolen.

Evidence was collected from these crimes, and the ECSO is working leads received on these break-ins in an effort to secure the suspects as quickly as possible.

UPDATE: Suspects Identified in Multiple Auto Break-ins. ECSO Seeking Public Assistance in Apprehensions

Three Aiken County men have been identified as the culprits of multiple break-ins to vehicles, Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Currytown Station Subdivision. The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants for the arrests of brothers, 18 year old Jamie Wright and 19 year old Dale Wright, and Travis Lee Gray, Jr., 20, for one count of breaking and entering an automobile each and one count of transaction/card fraud each. More charges may yet be filed in this case.

While the three suspects in these crimes have been identified, they were still at large at press time. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these three is asked to call the ECSO at 637-5337.

Fire on Edgefield Road Claims Life

A fire at a home on Edgefield Road behind Pioneer Clearing on Hwy 25 claimed the life of 53 year old Teresa Roberts, Wednesday, Jan. 21. The cause of the fire is being investigated, but authorities say the cause may have been a lit cigarette that caught the couch on fire. Roberts body, which did not sustain a lot of burns, was found near the door to the home.

It is believed Roberts died of smoke inhalation. An autopsy was performed Thursday, but the results of it are no yet available.

UPDATE:  According to autopsy results received Friday, Jan. 23, Teresa Roberts, the 53 year old woman found dead in her burning home Thursday, Jan. 22, died of carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal injuries due to the fire. Roberts body was found near the doorway to her Edgefield Road home as fire fighters worked to put out the midday fire. The fire is believed to have possibly started from a lit cigarette that caught a couch on fire. No other injuries were reported due to the fire.

Accused Drug Dealer Convicted and Sentenced to 8 Years

Leon Alvin Lilly, 60, of Murrah Forest Drive in North Augusta (Edgefield County) was convicted of Distribution of Methamphetamine 2nd Offense, Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Edgefield County Court House. Lilly had been charged with this offense in 2013 after a control buy was made at his home by the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office. Lilly was sentenced to 8 years in prison after his conviction.

Lilly still has another drug charge pending. These charges stem from drugs that were found on Lilly at the time of his arrest for that 2013 controlled buy. In that instance, Lilly was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. There is no word on when he will face a trial on these charges.