Walterboro authorities arrest vehicle break-in suspect

Walterboro authorities arrest vehicle break-in suspect

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - After asking for assistance from the public to identify an unknown male in connection with two vehicle break-ins from March 11- 12, 2016, the suspect from those break-ins has been identified as Patrick Leonard McTeer.

On March 11, 2016 a vehicle parked in the Walterboro City's parking lot was broken into when the suspect threw a brick through the window and took a purse from the vehicle. When the victim contacted law enforcement to make a report, she also spoke with her credit card company and was advised that someone had just used her credit card at a local store. The individual in the photo is the suspect that used the victim's card, and is possibly the same person that broke into the victim's vehicle.

The following day at the Old House Café on Bells Highway in Walterboro another vehicle was broken into. The suspect repeated the method previously used, throwing a brick through the window and taking a purse from the vehicle. The video surveillance camera at that location showed a black male fitting the same description as the person seen in this photo getting out of a grayish looking sedan sports type vehicle and looking into several vehicles windows.

On March 25, 2016 at 319 Lucas St a vehicle was broken into, where the suspect again used a brick to break the window. The suspect took several items from the vehicle, including a credit card which he immediately used. The suspect was recognized from previous incidents and a  citizen contacted the Police Department and told them the type of vehicle the suspect was driving.

Dispatch was able to provide a description of the suspect's possible vehicle description to the patrol division. A short time later an officer from the Walterboro Police Department located a vehicle matching the description at the Citgo North on Jefferies Blvd. When the officer attempted to make contact with the driver of the vehicle, the driver fled the gas station and a chase took place. The chase ended in Dorchester County.

The driver of the vehicle, Patrick Leonard McTeer, was arrested and transported to the Colleton County Detention Center. Officers located several stolen items that have since been related back to the victim's property from the auto break-ins.

McTeer is charged with Larceny/ Breaking into vehicles, Transaction Card Fraud, and Failure to Stop for Blue Lights.

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