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.