Deputies looking for suspect who stole $31K in equipment from Berkeley Co. School District

Deputies looking for suspect who stole $31K in equipment from Berkeley Co. School District
Deputies are looking for the car they believe is involved with the theft.

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County deputies are looking for someone who stole more than $31,000 in equipment in two separate incidents from the Berkeley County School District.

Deputies say someone broke into the Berkeley County School District maintenance facility on Old Highway 52.

The first incident was reported in the early-morning hours of Jan. 6, according to Berkeley County Sheriff’s spokesperson Carli Drayton. Burglars stole approximately $12,600 in Stihl lawn care equipment, including backpack blowers, edgers, trimmers, pole saws and chainsaws, she said.

Video surveillance shows at least two people were involved and drove to the site in a vehicle with three aftermarket rims and one stock rim on the rear passenger side.

The second incident was reported and this past Sunday, Drayton said. In the second incident, deputies say burglars stole approximately $19,000 in equipment, including a white 2005 Chevrolet Express Van with SC Tag CG49428 was stolen, along with a John Deere Zero Turn lawn mower, a 10′-12′ open double axle utility trailer, Stihl backpack blowers, trimmers, pole saws and edgers. Surveillance video shows a single person enter the facility on foot and cut the fence. After loading all of the stolen items, the person leaves out of the facility gate, Drayton said.

All of the items stolen can be identified by their serial numbers and BCSD etched into the housings.

The sheriff’s office needs the assistance of the public to help identify the person(s) responsible for the theft and who may operate the vehicle pictured.

Anyone with information about this theft or the vehicle should contact Detective Sergeant Woodall at (843) 719-4354.

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