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Sheriff’s Office

A burglar unsuccessfully used everything from a sledgehammer to an aluminum parking sign to try to remove a safe from the office inside of Wendy’s restaurant on Citadel Road early Friday morning.

According to an incident report, an employee called deputies at 7:06 a.m. to report she had discovered the side entrance glass had been shattered when she arrived there just moments earlier.

When deputies arrived, they went inside the restaurant and discovered the “office had been destroyed,” the report states.

Deputies learned the manager that worked the previous night did not set the alarm before leaving.

Upon reviewing video surveillance, deputies determined the suspect attempted to remove the safe at least four times between 2:15 a.m. and 3:54 a.m.

The suspect gained entry into the restaurant at 2:15 a.m. and a minute minute later used a rock to shatter the office window.

At 2:32 a.m., he is seen bringing an aluminum sign from a handicap parking space inside the office in another failed attempt to remove the safe.

Then at 3:04 a.m., he returns to the restaurant with a sledgehammer but still fails to get into the safe.

At around 3:14 a.m., the suspect enters the restaurant twice and demolishes the desk and surrounding office area in yet another futile attempt to remove the safe.

Surveillance video also shows him removing electronic devices from the building.

The incident report describes the suspect as a non-Hispanic man wearing a gray coat and black pants.

The OCSO Burglary Taskforce is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

In other reports:

  • A gunman held a Bowman gas station clerk at gunpoint before running off with the money drawer from the cash register.

Deputies responded to the Exxon gas station at 5323 Vance Road at 3:25 p.m. on Saturday. The clerk said she had arrived at the store moments before the gunman pulled up. She said he waited in his vehicle for a few minutes before entering the store wearing a mask and brandishing a pistol, the report states.

He pointed the pistol at the clerk and demanded she give him the money from the till, she said.

When the gunman exited the business, two witnesses sitting in their vehicles outside saw him run from the store with the money drawer, the report states.

The gunman, described as a black male with shoulder-length dreadlocks and a slim build, was seen driving away in a dark-colored Honda sedan. Witnesses told deputies they thought the Honda was a 2004-2008 model  with a New York license plate.

No one was injured during the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

  • A Cypress Shores resident called deputies at 10:22 a.m. Saturday to report someone stole an enclosed cargo trailer.

When deputies arrived at the Eutawville property, the owner of the trailer described it as a 2017 white South Georgia Cargo model valued at $4,500.

  • Deputies responded to a call from a Mill Creek Road man at 1:17 p.m. Wednesday. He told them someone entered his home while he was out of town and stole $350 in cash, a chrome Ruger revolver and a blue steel Colt revolver with red grips.

The complainant said whoever took the items from his Vance property didn’t remove other firearms that were kept in an unsecured location in his home.

The value of the items is $1,350.


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