CRIME REPORTS: 7/21/2022


Burglar crawls into Colleton house through air vent

By Heather Ruppe

A Colleton County man who was watering his pigs discovered a burglary in progress, at his own house. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the man went to a well to water his pigs at about 11:30 a.m. when he saw a duffel bag laying near the water valve. The water valve is located behind the man’s house, on the rear corner of the property.

The homeowner opened the bag and several items inside that belonged to him. The man then returned inside his house, carrying the duffel bag. At that point, he noticed that his back door was unlocked. The victim also told authorities that he discovered boxes and containers in his bedroom closet had been opened, with items missing from inside. According to the incident report, the victim was missing two Tupperware containers, each filled with about $50 in silver coins; a set of keys that belonged to various vehicles on the property; and a box of bullets. The deputy stated in his report that the suspect appeared to gain entry into the house through an air return vent grill cover: this cover was partially coming out of the wall, and allowed for a 16-inch diameter crawl space into the house from the outside.

This case is still under investigation and no suspects have yet been arrested.

In other Colleton County crime news:

Camper stolen from Colleton property

A Colleton County man called 911 and reported that his camper had been stolen. While speaking to the victim, the law enforcement officer also learned that the victims’ generator and speaker box had been taken. These thefts occurred at a residence on Turner Lane on Friday, July 8th. No suspects have yet been found.

Litter bug sought

A litter bug is being sought by local authorities. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to Peirce Road on July 11th when the victim saw someone dumping trash onto his property. The woman told authorities that that she was on the phone when she heard a vehicle, lookout out of her window and saw a silver Nissan truck. The woman said she saw the female suspect get out of the truck, yell obscenities at her, walk onto her property and then dump a KFC bag containing food onto her yard. Earlier in the day, the same victim had reported the same victim had also reported trash being dumped onto their property, but did not have proof as to who had done it. The deputy was able to take pictures of a large amount of trash left on the victim’s property. This case is still being investigated. The suspect will be charged with unlawful dumping.

Stalking case under investigation

A Colleton County woman told authorities recently that a man is following her. According to a Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman said the man is an acquaintance of hers, but has been coming to her job and asking customers personal questions about her. The man is also driving by her house repeatedly. He has also been seen driving past the houses of her family members. This case is under investigation.