BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say a man accused of breaking into several vehicles Wednesday night in Cane Bay assaulted a deputy and spat blood on two correctional officers.
The sheriff's office arrested 18-year-old Devin Lee Stacy and charged him with seven counts of breaking and entering, unlawful carrying of a gun, possession of a stolen gun and assaulting a law enforcement officer.
According to authorities, Stacy had just been released on parole two weeks ago.
"It makes me feel a little unsafe," said Stephany Hennings, a homeowner who lives on Decatur Drive.
While Hennings wasn't a victim of the break-ins she feels something needs to be done.
"I feel like we need to have more, maybe, police, security, or something like that in the neighborhood," she said.
The sheriff's office is asking people in Cane Bay to come forward if their vehicle was burglarized or rummaged through following numerous vehicle break-ins Wednesday night. Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call them at 843-719-7009, or call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
There is a Crime Watch group in the neighborhood. They meet at least once a month to update homeowners on what's going on.
"Since we've lived out here, we've had numerous problems getting closer to the warmer months," said another Decatur Drive homeowner, Brittany McDougal. "It's kind of ridiculous."
"Cane Bay is a large neighborhood so people think that they can come here and find stuff," Hennings added.
Stacy's arrest stems from an investigation on Thursday at 2:18 a.m. when a deputy responded to a home on Decatur Drive in reference to a theft from a car.
As the deputy was patrolling the area someone flagged him and told him there was a man with a hood and a gun on Carnegie Court.
When the deputy, along with a corporal, arrived at the location they reported seeing a man wearing a camouflage hood, a gray hoodie and blue jeans carrying a tan purse, a computer bag and a black bag.
A report states when authorities approached the suspect, who was later identified as Stacy, they noticed a grey handgun in the purse. Deputies then arrested the suspect and brought him to the victim where she identified the purse as being hers.
Deputies say they found several items in the suspect's possession including a Garmin GPS, Apple iPhone 6S, coins, keys, various handgun ammunition and magazines, a tool set, a computer, sunglasses, a knife and a black gym bag.
One homeowner on Stafford Springs Court caught the break-in to his car on the surveillance camera outside his home.
"I'm very grateful that it actually worked, and got a good picture of the guys we got," said the homeowner, who wished not to be identified.
The video shows a young man, wearing a "Seniors 2015" sweatshirt, walk up to the vehicles in the driveway, look around, then open the door and hop in. The homeowner said only a pair of sunglasses was missing. The man in the video can be seen rummaging through the car, until he finally leaves the car, stumbling, while holding a gun in his hand.
Investigators say they also discovered a Chevy Silverado with no tags on the bumper parked in the handicapped parking spot by the pool in Cane Bay. A deputy said he found the truck's plate in the bed of the vehicle which came back to Stacy.
A report states when the suspect was brought into an interview room he asked for his lawyer, and then got angry because he was headed to the detention center.
BCSO officials say the suspect then took his water bottle and hit a corporal in the head. Two deputies and a detective then took the suspect to the ground where he suffered a carpet burn to his head and a busted lip, according to a sheriff's office report.
According to the sheriff's office, as the suspect was being escorted to a patrol car, he began to speak profanities and tried to break free; authorities reported that five deputies escorted the suspect to the detention center.
Investigators say when the suspect got to the detention center, he began again to try to break free and told a deputy that he was "going to kick my (expletive) and (expletive) me up."
The sheriff's office says after the suspect was stripped searched, he attempted to break free from corrections officers who brought him to the ground.
A report states when the suspect was on the ground he spat blood form his mouth on two corrections officers.