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Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office

A South Carolina State University police officer reported early Saturday morning that someone broke into his unlocked patrol vehicle and stole his outer tactical vest and Taser X26 stun gun, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

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The officer realized the items were missing at 1 a.m. at S.C. State’s University Village Apartments.

The officer said he left his vest and stun gun on the front passenger seat of his unlocked, department-issued 2008 beige Ford Expedition.

Thieves break into vehicles in Orangeburg

He felt cold and went to retrieve his vest from the Expedition, but realized it wasn’t there.

Surveillance videos from the apartment complex show two males – one wearing a brown zip-up Dickies brand work suit and a stocking cap, the other wearing a black hoodie and jeans – removing the items from the vehicle, the report said.

The value of the stolen items is $899.

In a separate report, a Norway Road woman reported her ex-husband allegedly attempted to woo her back with groceries and cash for Easter.

Law enforcement previously told the woman’s ex-husband not to trespass on her property, a sheriff’s office incident report said.

The woman called deputies Friday alleging one of her ex-husband’s employees dropped off bags of groceries on her back porch.

The woman called deputies again at 7:25 p.m. to report that her ex-husband placed an envelope in her mailbox.

A deputy retrieved the envelope from the woman’s mailbox and opened it.

It contained a Happy Easter card that contained $300 in cash and a note expressing the ex-husband’s love and feelings for the woman, the report said.

The woman told deputies she didn’t want the money.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety

Police allege an Orangeburg man pretended he was his brother following a traffic atop, according to a police incident report.

Devondre LaQuintez Palmer, 26, of 336 Liberty St., is facing charges of second-offense failure to stop for blue lights, driving under suspension, speeding and giving false information to law enforcement.

Police allege Palmer sped away from an officer at 11:51 p.m. Saturday.

Palmer allegedly led officers on a chase from Old Edisto Drive to a Tall Pines Road house.

When officers finally caught up with Palmer and asked him his name, he allegedly gave them the name of his older brother.

At that point, his older brother exited a home and told officers his brother’s real name, the report said.

When officers asked dispatchers to search for outstanding warrants on both of them, officers learned that the older brother had an outstanding family court warrant from 2017. He was taken into custody.

If convicted, Devondre Palmer faces up to five years in prison and suspension of his driver’s license for one year.

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Staff Writer

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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