Loaded and stolen: Deputy’s truck taken from yard

2014-03-26T02:00:00Z 2014-03-26T11:03:08Z Loaded and stolen: Deputy’s truck taken from yardT&D Staff Report The Times and Democrat
March 26, 2014 2:00 am  • 

EUTAWVILLE — An Orangeburg County Sheriff’s vehicle stolen over the weekend has been recovered in Berkeley County.

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said the county-issued unmarked unit was stolen from the yard of an officer early Saturday.

“On Saturday morning, March 22, the deputy awoke to discover his county-issued vehicle was not in his yard,” Ravenell said. “This agency conducted a swift investigation and located the vehicle in Berkeley County.

“Some law enforcement equipment was missing, including a handgun, a tactical vest, a stun gun and a portable radio.”

The white 2007 Chevrolet Suburban was last seen around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The truck was carrying an AR-15 rifle, a Remington .308-caliber sniper rifle, a .40-caliber Glock pistol, a police radio, a stun gun and a K-9 kennel.

The police truck also had two bulletproof vests inside, the report states.

The officer told investigators that around 1 a.m., he saw the $40,000 vehicle on his property. However, another adult in the house informed the officer that around 5:30 a.m. the county vehicle was gone.

Investigators found what looked to be drag marks behind the position where the truck was parked. Those were photographed.

The truck and firearms were then entered into the National Crime Information Center system.

“We are continuing to investigate this incident to determine if this theft was a random act or someone targeting this officer,” the sheriff said. “And we are also asking citizens to be vigilant of individuals possessing tactical accessories that are clearly marked ‘SHERIFF’S OFFICE.’”

If anyone has any information on the theft, they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550.

This story has been edited from the original version.

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(7) Comments

  1. medicmom72
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    medicmom72 - March 27, 2014 11:01 am
    And I tweeted it to WIS - TV & WLTX this should be farther than OCSD.
  2. medicmom72
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    medicmom72 - March 27, 2014 7:45 am
    I tweeted it to Gov. N.H.
  3. medicmom72
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    medicmom72 - March 27, 2014 7:41 am
    OCSD has always been a joke. The majority of them are so out of shape that they wouldn't even be able to do a foot pursuit on an 80 year old.
  4. allrit
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    allrit - March 26, 2014 4:02 pm
    I have to agree with all the comments. However it is amazing that an officer would leave these types of items in his car when all the car theft and car breakins has been going on for months. Shows how unprofesional we are in Orangeburg. My car was broke into and my house, never a lead nor an arrest and nothing ever found. It is funny how they can find stuff when they want to. Now what do we do when the crack head who stole all this shows up at a store or your house acting like an officer???????
  5. truthorjustice
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    truthorjustice - March 26, 2014 11:04 am
    Both of the comments from Dantzler and Shatzi are true to form.
  6. Shatzi
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    Shatzi - March 26, 2014 9:45 am
    wait ! the truck was carrying an AR-15 rifle, a Remington .308-caliber sniper rifle, a .40-caliber Glock pistol, a police radio, a stun gun and a K-9 kennel...be vigilant of individuals possessing tactical accessories that are clearly marked ‘SHERIFF’S OFFICE.’” so in other words watch out as there is about to be some Home-invasions...car-jackings..robberies...i dont care if it is a sheriffs deputy..they should be responsible enough to carry there equipment into the house when off duty
  7. CKDANTZLER
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    CKDANTZLER - March 26, 2014 8:17 am
    My how things change when it involves one of them. My car was stolen in Vance. I found out someone in Berkley County had it. Told the investigating deputy and his response was " we don't have jurisdiction there". He did nothing. The person that stole it found out I knew who had it so he took it to another county dumped it on the side of the road after stripping it. The guy was never caught for that but after numerous more thefts he got caught.
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