Crime Beat – October 13, 2016

Crime Beat – October 13, 2016

Burglary on Flat Rock Road

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary call at a home on 29 Flat Rock Road, Friday, Oct. 7, at around 5:00 in the afternoon.  According to the ECSO, a resident of the dwelling came home to find the back door of the residence had been forced open.  Once inside, homeowners were able to determine that several pieces of jewelry as well as containers of loose change and some sunglasses were missing.  The ECSO canine unit was called to the scene, and a perimeter was established.  However, the suspect was not located.  Evidence later discovered suggests the suspect had fled the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Evidence was collected from the scene, and the ECSO is following several leads.  Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the ECSO at 637-5337.



Fatal Fire on Marigold Street

The Edgefield Fire Department responded to a fire on Marigold Street, Sunday, Oct. 9, around 6:54 in the evening.  According to the Fire Chief Roger Ellis, when units arrived on the scene, the home was “fully involved.”  Firemen later discovered the bodies of two adults, tentatively believed to be a male and a female, and four dogs inside the home.  According to the Edgefield Coroner’s Office, the bodies have not yet been positively identified.  However, an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow morning (Tuesday, Oct. 11) after which the Coroner’s Office said identification might be available.

Chief Ellis said that there was no word yet as to what caused the fire.  Investigators with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office are investigating this incident.  According to Ellis, state fire investigators have also been notified, as is protocol after a fatal fire.  However, he said that it may be several days before they are able to view the scene due to Hurricane Matthew.

The Advertiser will continue to follow this story and report updates as they become available.



Armed Robbery at Greg’s Gas Plus

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Greg’s Gas Plus on West Martintown Road, Saturday, Oct. 1, at about 5:00 in the morning for a reported armed robbery.  According to an ECSO report on the matter, an employee of the gas station told law enforcement that she had stepped outside to take a smoke break when a black male approached her.  She said that the man showed her a handgun and told her to give him the money from the cash register.  The woman then stated she went back inside the store with the man following her, retrieved the money from the register, and gave it the man.  The suspect then told the woman to go into the bathroom as he exited the store.  Surveillance video from the location was obtained and depicted the scene described by the victim.  It also showed the suspect exiting the store and heading toward Gregory Lake Road.

The ECSO canine unit was called to the scene and tracked to the corner of Gregory Lake and West Martintown Roads.  Footprints were located there leading to what is believed to have been a waiting vehicle.

The suspect in this case is described as a black male approximately 5’5” and weighing about 150 lbs.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a plaid shirt, a camo hat, and black shoes.

The ECSO is investigating this crime.  Anyone with information is asked to called 637-5337.



Charity’s Trailer Stolen

A trailer belonging to the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation was reported stolen, Tuesday, Oct. 4, from the Merriwether Fire Department.  According to a report filed with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, the trailer was housed at the fire department where people were able to place into it donations of aluminum cans.  The proceeds from those cans were then given to the Burn Foundation.  It was confirmed that the person who hauls the trailer for the foundation had not picked up the trailer and that the trailer was last seen at the fire department on Monday, Oct. 3.

The trailer is described as red and being 8 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 16 feet long.  It was also said to have been about halfway full with cans.  The estimated cost of those cans was given as $3,500.