Duo charged with stealing AC unit from Summerville home

Priester and Sweat (Source: DCSO)
Priester and Sweat (Source: DCSO)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County deputies arrested two men Thursday morning after they allegedly stole an air-conditioning unit from a vacant home in Summerville.

According to a Dorchester County Sheriff's Office incident report, a deputy was patrolling Twin Lakes Road near Roberts Road around 9:30 a.m. when he saw a blue Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck loaded with metal shelving and other items.

The deputy said he initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, 50-year-old Michael Priester, who said he took the materials from a home at 137 Pike Drive, adding that he had a permit.

The deputy checked the permit, which was valid, but continued questioning Priester about how he got the materials. Eventually Priester gave him a phone number of the supposed owner of the materials, but when deputies reached the man, he could not confirm any of the information Priester had provided.

Investigators then responded to the home on Pike Drive to find no material missing. However, residents in the area told officials they'd seen Priester near 124 Pike Drive.

A subsequent search of that vacant home was performed, and deputies found fresh tire tracks along with an empty air-conditioner pad with "drag marks."

Priester and his passenger, 39-year-old Paul Sweat, were arrested and charged with larceny and trespassing.

Sweat was also charged with an open container violation because deputies reportedly saw him pour a beer out when the traffic stop was performed.

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