Authorities: 4 vehicles stolen in 4 days, 3 from same family

Authorities: 4 vehicles stolen in 4 days, 3 from same family
Source: Rachel Gardner
Source: Rachel Gardner
Source: Rachel Gardner
Source: Rachel Gardner

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Residents in a Summerville and Ladson neighborhood are on the alert after thieves stole four vehicles in the last four days.

Three of the vehicles were taken from one home.

The latest theft happened early Tuesday morning at a home in the Tabby Creek subdivision in Summerville.

Rachel Gardner says she and her husband got up to do their paper delivery route when he noticed their brand new car was gone. Gardner says the thieves also took the family's four wheeler and dirt bike from a shed behind the house.

"Oh crap, what now," Gardner said after realizing the vehicles had been stolen.

Gardner says her debit card was inside the car and was used at several convenience stores before she could contact her bank. She is convinced the crooks have been watching her house.

"That's the only way they could have gotten the car and the four wheeler and the dirt bike without anybody even seeing them."

David Chinnis feels Gardner's pain. Last Saturday morning, someone stole his SUV outside his home in the Summerhaven subdivision in Ladson.

Chinnis says he noticed the vehicle was not in his driveway Saturday afternoon. At first, he thought his wife may have been using it.

"I walk downstairs, hear my wife talking and it is that moment that says oh no," Chinnis said.

Chinnis says a neighbor's video camera showed the thief driving the stolen SUV right after it was taken.

"I truly wish that i would have been awake, it would not have gone well," Chinnis said.

Chinnis says what hurts even more is that a brand new tuxedo he bought for his daughter's wedding was inside the vehicle.

"My daughter's wedding is on June 4 and I'd really like to have that tux back."

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and Summerville Police are trying to determine if the two crimes are related.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.

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