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Burglary suspect found hiding in lady's room with cash in toilet


A Moncks Corner man is behind bars after police say he tried to steal back money that he lost in a video game machine and then tried to flush the cash down a gas station toilet as officers were closing in.

Moncks Corner police responded to the Exxon gas station located on North US Highway 52 around 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 1. Upon arrival, officers found a white Nissan Pathfinder parked in front of the front door of the business. Officers entered through a broken glass opening in the front door where the suspect allegedly broke in and observed a subject moving from the front of the store towards the back.

Police officers located the suspect in the women's bathroom hiding behind the door. Officers ordered him to put his hands up and exit the bathroom. The suspect, 54-year-old Samuel Michael Deas, was placed under arrest and charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Police recovered $809 in the toilet in the women's bathroom and a blue lunch cooler type bag behind the door which contained an electric grinder cutting tool, black mask, gloves, hammer and a screwdriver.

According to a police report, Deas told investigators that he was stupid and was just trying to get back some of the money that the gaming machines had taken from a lot of good people.

Police say Deas admitted to breaking into the store and the video games and stealing the money. Deas said he did it because he had lost almost $5,000 in the games and wanted his money back.

Inside the suspect's vehicle, officers found two pry bars. Investigators determined that Deas smashed open the front door and knocked down the store security camera. Three video game machines had been pried open and the lock hasps were cut in order to remove the padlocks.

According to police, Deas hid the padlocks, key locks and bill holders in the ice machine directly across from the video machines.

Deas was transported to the Berkeley County Detention Center.

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