A late-night beer run reportedly turned into a carjacking in Bamberg County.
Bamberg deputies responded to a residence on Riley Road in reference to a stolen vehicle call. Upon arrival, responding officers were met by the nephew of the victim, who stated that he had been sitting in the car out in the yard drinking beer a little after midnight the previous evening. He also told the officers that while he was drinking, two subjects came up to him and asked if he had any more beer.
He said he gave them each a beer, and they all sat in the car listening to music. One of the subjects asked to drive to the store to get more beer, so they all went. On the return trip back to the Riley Road address, one of the subjects reportedly pulled out a firearm and demanded money from the victim’s nephew. When the nephew stated that he did not have any cash on him, the subject drove off with the aunt’s car.
The deputies then interviewed the owner of the stolen vehicle. The victim told the deputies that her niece had made her aware that her car was not parked in the yard. She said that it was there the night before. She stated that she thought someone had moved it, went outside to look for it, and then realized it was not parked where she last parked it. She then spoke with her nephew who informed her of the previous night’s events, and he stated who stole her vehicle.
The victim told deputies that she wanted to press charges against both her nephew and the subject. The officers received statement forms from both parties involved.
A warrant for the nephew was obtained for use of a vehicle without permission, and a warrant has been obtained for the subject for motor vehicle theft/carjacking and put into National Crime Information Center database. The vehicle was also placed in NCIC, and officers are on the lookout for it.
In an unrelated incident on July 29, a deputy responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on Main Highway. When the deputy arrived, a witness said that he and his grandfather traveling on Main Highway and noticed a white pickup truck that could possibly be stolen. On their way back through, the grandson pulled up stolen vehicles listed on Facebook and saw that it was indeed stolen, so then they called for an officer.
The deputy ran the VIN number and confirmed the vehicle was stolen out of Aiken. Another officer made contact with the vehicle’s owner who said it would take him between an hour and an hour and a half to get there.
The investigation showed that when the vehicle was stolen, it was not started with a key. While waiting on the owner, a deputy contacted Aiken County to advise them. When the owner came to retrieve his truck, the truck was too wide for the trailer that was brought.
A deputy told the owner that he could drive it back to Aiken and that he would give the owner a victim assistance form just in case another agency pulled him over.