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Sheriff’s Office

A clerical office at the Orangeburg Consolidated School District 4 headquarters in Cope was broken into and vandalized Monday night.

"They went through one office where they ripped the window out and riffled through the drawers. I assume they were looking for money," OCSD4 Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Planning Larry Wolfe said.

No confidential data or records were compromised or taken during the incident, he said.

According to a sheriff's office incident report, a school district custodian arrived at the building around 6:16 a.m. Tuesday. The custodian noticed the office in the rear of the building had a broken window.

All the file cabinets in the office were pulled out and appeared to have been rummaged through, according to the report.

Authorities believe the burglars fled after the building’s alarm went off.

The school does have security cameras and will be providing video to the sheriff's office, Wolfe said.

The damage to the window was estimated at $300.

The break-in follows similar incidents at other OCSD4 facilities.

Edisto Primary School, Edisto High School and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School all reported break-ins on Monday.

In other incidents:

• A North woman said an unknown subject shot several bullets into her Whetstone Road residence early Tuesday morning.

The woman said the incident occurred about 3:20 a.m. There were five individuals in the residence at the time of the shooting.

No one was injured in the incident.

According to a sheriff’s office incident report, one bullet entered the front door, traveled through a picture in the residence and shattered a sliding glass door.

Another bullet entered the front of the residence and exited through the back of the house while a third bullet entered a bedroom.

The incident is under investigation.

• A digital sign at St. George Dental Care Inc. in Santee was reported damaged Tuesday.

The sign appeared to have been struck by a vehicle. The sign is valued at $15,000.

• A Cordova woman said her Hidden Acres Road home was broken into earlier this week.

The woman said two televisions, a microwave, a washing machine, collectible model cars and two photo albums containing collectible baseball cards were stolen.

The items stolen are valued at $5,830.

• A Holly Hill man reported his Old State Road residence was burglarized Tuesday afternoon.

The man said about $4,700 worth of items were stolen from the house, including radios, jewelry, a keyboard, two laptop computers, three televisions, an iPad and food from the kitchen.

A witness says a dark blue pickup truck was parked at the back door of the residence. It is the second time the victim has been burglarized, the report states.

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Gene Zaleski is a reporter/staff writer with The Times and Democrat.

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