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Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced the arrest of a Rowesville man in the theft of tools from a vehicle in a parking lot at Lowe's

Ravenell said with the community's help, a 51-year-old man was charged Thursday with the theft of $1,200 in tools that had been taken from a customer’s vehicle in the Lowe’s parking lot.

"Also, we were able to return all the stolen items to the victim," he said.

Bond on the suspect was set at $470 surety Thursday.

Investigators had been looking for the subject since Feb. 26 when the victim reported the tools were taken from his vehicle. Security cameras in the Lowe's parking lot caught an image of what authorities say was the thief.

Ravenell said his office is grateful for the community's phone calls with information about the suspect.

"We are encouraged by the number of individuals that utilized our new text message service to provide anonymous tips,” the sheriff said.

In other reports:

  • Deputies went to a Woodbine Drive residence multiple times after a man called 911 while attempting to disguise his voice as a woman. Just before 11 p.m. Wednesday, 911 dispatchers told deputies a person had called the emergency line three times. The first time. the caller reported someone was being spanked. When deputies arrived, they spoke with a woman who said her 38-year-old son had been drinking. She then left to pick up a relative. A few minutes later, another 911 call came in from a man disguising his voice as a female. According to the report, the caller said he was hiding under the bed and needed police, the report states. When officers went to the residence again, the mother had returned. She said there was no female in the house under a bed. Deputies told her if her son called 911 one more time, he would spend the night in jail. 
  • An Orangeburg woman called to report someone was sending her texts requesting money to bring her son's body home from Russia. The woman said Wednesday someone had sent her several texts messages asking for $7,000 in order that her son's body could be sent home. She said she hasn't seen her son in 15 months. She also said she had called the U.S Embassy in Russia and learned they have no knowledge of an American being killed on Russian soil. Deputies believe the incident is a scam.
  • An Aiken County man reported his $2,000 car was missing. He said the 2002 Nissan was taken from the parking lot behind a Neeses night club he visited over the weekend. The man said he realized his vehicle was missing from the Club Ambition parking lot on Sunday.
  • The owner of a North business reported a $2,400 check was forged on its account. The owner of Paul Argoe Screens told deputies Wednesday his bank informed him a counterfeit check went through the business account recently. The name on the check is not an employee of the business, the report states. One of the employees, however, knew the person whose name was on the forged check.
  • An estimated $3,800 worth of jewelry and electronics was stolen from a Yorkshire Drive residence. The homeowner called deputies Wednesday to report his alarm company had notified him of a break in. He said when he arrived at his house, a black male ran from the residence and jumped into a black car with paper tags. Another subject fled in a black SUV that was parked int he backyard, the report states. Deputies found where the home had been broken into. A 42-inch TV and several pieces of jewelry were stolen.
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