BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A man accused of stealing $60,000 of equipment from the Berkeley County School District has been captured following a chase.
Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of 27-year-old Mark Eugene Weissmann of Bonneau.
Weissmann was locked up at the Hill Finklea Detention Center.
Detectives said they found a tandem axle trailer that had been stolen from the BCSD Facility Services at an address on Bennett Avenue in St. Stephen.
According to the sheriff's office, while investigators were on scene, the suspect showed up in a truck, stopped a short distance away, then fled on foot.
"Detectives, along with Uniform Patrol and K9 established a perimeter and the suspect, identified as Mark Eugene Weissmann was apprehended without incident (K9 Apprehension, non-bite)," BCSO officials said in a statement."It was determined that the truck had been stolen days prior in Charleston County from a construction site."
Officials with the sheriff's office say they still need the public's help to locate a John Deer 6200/7200 Zero Turn mowers which had been stolen by Weissmann from the BCSD property.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the stolen John Deer 6200/7200 Zero Turn mower is asked to call the sheriff's office at 843-719-4465 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.
Authorities recovered the following property which was also stolen from the district:
- 2 backpack blowers
- 2 Edgers
- Pole Saw
- Hedge Trimmer
- Misc. Hand tools inside trailer
- One Zero Turn mower
Investigators say the theft happened at a BCSD Facility Services building on 2226 Old Highway 52 on Sunday.
According to the sheriff's office, a thief used bolt cutters to cut a hole in the fence and enter the property.
"Once inside, he cut the locks off of two trailers and entered both," BCSO officials said." He then cut the lock off of the front gate, drove into the property and hooked up to a 18 ft. utility double axle trailer."
Deputies say the estimated loss was $60,000 to include the trailer, two John Deere 6200/7200 lawn tractors and numerous Stihl blowers and weed eaters.
According to deputies, Weissmann had been released on a $25,000 bond for an incident that happened on Jan. 11, 2018 where he was charged with second degree burglary, and a $5,000 bond for Dec. 26, 2017 charge for receiving stolen goods.