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Bamberg County

Sheriff’s Office

Deputies investigating suspected vandalism at a local church found that Mother Nature was instead the culprit.

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Deputies responded to the church on June 23. The complainant told deputies that when he arrived and went inside, he noticed debris all over the floor and benches. He said that when he looked up, he noticed a hole in the ceiling. He thought that someone had come in through the back door and pulled the ceiling down because the debris was all over the floor and not directly under the hole.

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Upon investigation, it was determined that the ceiling damage was caused from the constant rain and the roof leaking. Examination of the back door revealed no damage. Pictures were taken and a report was written.

In other reports:

• Deputies responded to a larceny call at a residence on June 22. The victim stated that when he went outside to do something, he noticed his pressure washer was missing. The victim said that he has an idea who could have taken it, but he has no proof. A petit larceny report was made.

• Deputies responded to an area animal shelter on June 22 in response to motor vehicle parts being stolen. The complainant told officers that an employee went to use a vehicle and noticed it making a strange noise, so she had informed him. When the complainant checked the vehicle, he saw the catalytic converter was missing.

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Upon investigation, a responding officer looked and saw that the catalytic converter had been cut and removed. Pictures were taken and a report of theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories was made.

• A deputy responded to a vandalism report at a residence on June 18. The victim said that when she went outside, she saw that her mailbox was knocked over. The officer observed the scene and noticed that a subject had run off the road onto the left shoulder, striking the victim’s mailbox and breaking the post in half.

The victim told the officer that she thinks she knew who would have done the damage. However upon investigation, there was no fresh damage to the accused’s vehicle. Pictures were taken and a report made.

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• On June 17, deputies responded to an assault at a county residence. The victim told the deputies that she and her child’s father had been arguing and had got into an altercation. The victim said all she wanted was to be able to get her and her child’s belongings and leave.

The male subject did not object to an officer’s request allowing the victim to retrieve her and her child’s belongings. The victim retrieved the belongings and left. All information was gathered, and a nonviolent family offense was filed.

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