Authorities asking for help in string of vandalisms in Goose Creek neighborhoods

Authorities asking for help in string of vandalisms in Goose Creek neighborhoods
Source: Leah Whitcroft
Source: Leah Whitcroft
Source: Live 5 News
Source: Live 5 News

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Goose Creek Police, and Crime Stoppers are asking for the public's help following a string of vandalisms that occurred in the Woodland Heights and Boulder Bluff neighborhoods in Goose Creek.

According to Lieutenant Bill Holling, Coordinator for Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry, said Sheriff's Deputies and Goose Creek police officers responded to several reports of vandalism where the suspect(s) were shooting BB/pellet guns at vehicles causing damage to several vehicles.

"The suspect(s) were possibly in a black unknown make and model sedan," he said.

Goose Creek police responded to eight homes from May 6-9 for reported damages.

"She's standing on the couch looking out the window, and said 'Grandmommy look! Somebody put a hole in our window,'" said Shirley Wagman, of Goose Creek.

Wagman lives on Clarine Drive in the Boulder Bluff neighborhood.

She and her husband jumped out of bed at 5:00 a.m. Friday morning to the sound of what initially sounded like gun shots, but turned out to be either a BB or pellet gun.

"It was like 'tat, tat, tat, tat, tat'. That's what woke us up, was that noise," Wagman said.

Wagman said she didn't see any damage until later that morning.

"Look there are like 10 BB holes in our window," she said. "So we called Goose Creek Police and made a report. They sent us a letter in the mail today which said is you have any other information to let them know."

After a few days to digest what happened, she feels like it was a random crime probably done by young kids.

"I don't know, but it's scary, and I don't like it," she said. "It makes me panic with letting her (her grandchild) play in the backyard."

Wagman wasn't the only person hit early Friday morning.

Leah Whitcroft lives on Water Oak Drive in the Woodland Heights neighborhood.

She said she noticed her window broken when she was about to go to work.

"It was totally shattered, not even cracked," Whitcroft said. "I did talk to somebody else in the neighborhood who saw it, and he said 'I have a crack in my window too!'"

She said she didn't hear anything that night, and has never had a problem in the past when it comes to crime in the area.

Now her focus is on trying to get her window replaced, which so far hasn't been easy.

"It's been expensive honestly, because we ordered one through the mail and when it came it was broken also," Whitcroft said. "So it's just, thankfully we've had good weather and it hasn't rained!"

Incident reports from Goose Creek Police show five other cars and another home were targeted in the area.

Those incidents happened on Old Point Road, Pointer Drive, Oakridge Drive, Pine Ridge Drive, and Eather Drive.

None of the victims said they saw anything.

Total vehicle damage is estimated at $1,840.

Total home damage is estimated at $520.

Residents in these areas with surveillance equipment are asked to review their recordings during the dates and times described and to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office for further investigation.

Anyone having information as to the identity of the suspect(s) are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (843) 719-4412, or call Crime Stoppers of the Lowcounty at (843) 554-1111.

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