New Georgetown surveillance cameras capture vandalism

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Some call it Big Brother, but new surveillance cameras in Georgetown have already caught two crimes on tape.

One of those crimes is especially upsetting to the Georgetown Police Department because the vandals targeted the memorial of a fallen police officer.

"That's Spencer Gary's memorial. One of our officers that was killed in the line of duty. That vandalism totally unnecessary and uncalled for," said Georgetown Police Cpt. Nelson Brown.

A new surveillance camera on Front Street has only been up for a week, but has already claimed its first victims.

Now, Georgetown police are looking for three men who were caught on camera defacing the memorial of a fallen officer. Brown hopes the video will lead to an arrest.

"I think its clear enough that if anyone knows them they'll be able to say that's so and so," Brown said.

The first vandalism incident happened early in the morning on March 15. Last weekend, video cameras caught another suspect stealing a banner from the Maritime Museum in an unrelated incident.

"They cut the strings to it, took the American flag off the side of the building, pulled out the stand and everything," said Johnny Weaver, board member at the Maritime Museum.

While the crimes aren't violent, Weaver says it should be taken seriously.

"It's stuff that we don't need downtown," Weaver said. "We need to feel safe walking around, we need to feel that we can put things up without people tearing them up."

While some think the cameras are too invasive, residents we talk to say they're necessary.

"The streets here have always been so safe, but now that crime is moving in I think the cameras will help deter some of it," said one resident.

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