NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Four suspects have been arrested following the burglary of a business police say housed illegal gambling machines.
At around 2:48 a.m. Friday, officers were dispatched to the 7000 blocks of Dorchester Rd. in reference to a possible burglary in process.
The caller reportedly told dispatch there was a U-Haul parked in front of a business and there were people trying to break in the front door.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a U-Haul backed up to the front door of the business and two suspects wearing all black and masks exiting through the front door.
Officers were able to detain both suspects, later identified at Blewer and Owens, and made sure no one else was inside.
Both suspects were reportedly in possession of fake sheriff's badges that were displayed on their chests.
Officers reported an apparent forced entry to the front of the business and there was a yellow crowbar located in the back of the U-Haul and ratchet straps.
The U-Haul had the ignition popped and there were no keys located in the vehicle, according to an incident report.
Officers reportedly located a total of $1,252 in United States currency in Blewer's possession as well as a plastic bag containing 0.4 grams of a white crystalline substance, which later field tested presumptive for methamphetamine.
In Owens' possession, officers located $808 in United States currency and a handheld walkie-talkie. There was also a $20 bill located on the ground in the door frame of the entrance door, according to the police report.
There were reportedly multiple illegal gambling machines inside the business and a desk where all the drawers had been pulled out.
Officers canvased the parking lot of the business and found a white truck with paper tags, which Blewer said belonged to him.
There was a woman in the front passenger seat of the truck who was identified as Brenda Bryant, who was detained. Officers reportedly found a black ski mask next to her in the truck.
Bryant told officers Blewer picked her up in Forest Hills and was supposed to be giving her a ride to Moncks Corner before he pulled over in the parking lot and told her to wait in the car and that he would only be gone for a few minutes.
Bryant said she was unaware Blewer was planning to burglarize a business.
However, Owens and Blewer told officers the two women were lookouts for them and had walkie-talkies in the cars with them.
Officers also found a silver car with a woman in the driver's seat, who was later identified as Sarah Regen.
Regen told officers she was just waiting in the parking lot and fell asleep. She claimed to not have known the business was being burglarized nor did she know the suspects.
In her car, officers reportedly found a crowbar and a second handheld walkie-talkie.
Officers also found empty packaging for ratchet straps in the back of the car which appeared to match the ratchet straps found in the rear of the U-Haul
Owens told detectives he met Blewer in the parking lot of Food Lion. He said the Blewer was driving the U-Haul and possibly stole it from somewhere on Dorchester Rd.
When they met in the parking lot, Owens reportedly drove the U-Haul to the incident location.
Owens also told officers that he worked security for the gambling establishment in the past, so he knew when they operated and when the business would be empty.
Blewer was charged with 2nd-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of methamphetamine.
Owens was charged with 2nd-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.
Regen was charged with possession of burglary tools.
Bryant was charged with trespassing.
Officers seized the illegal gambling machines were seized following a search warrant