Residents Report Crime Wave on Isle of Hope - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

02/04/04

Residents Report Crime Wave on Isle of Hope

It's usually one of the most peaceful places in the Coastal Empire, but there's a bit of a crime wave on Isle of Hope. Over the last month, the sleepy island community has seen burglaries and break-ins hit an all-time high. Twenty-three-year resident Sammy Moore says from burglaries to car break-ins, the time of day doesn't matter any more. "Whoever is doing it is bold," he said. "They do it in broad daylight."

The days of leaving your garage doors open and leaving your doors unlocked on Isle of Hope are over. One family found out the hard way when a stranger walked into their house in the middle of the night. Wayne Hosti heard a noise and went to see what it was. When he turned the corner, he saw a stranger holding his girlfriend's purse. "I had realized we were being robbed, and proceeded to chase the gentleman...pretty much chased him out the garage," Hosti told us. "I had to run back in and put some clothes on, and I was able to run him down."

Hosti may have caught one serial burglar, but the break-ins continued. Last night, we found neighbors left feeling hopeless are taking crime-fighting into their own hands. Their neighborhood watch meeting brought out the community and law enforcers. They warned, lock your cars, hide your valuables, and use common sense.

"If you make yourself a victim, you're going to get hit," said Sammy Moore.

Savannah-Chatham police wouldn't give specifics, but do tell WTOC they have added more patrols to the area, with more frequent rounds, unmarked units and even mounted police officers.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • GOP Candidate Katie Arrington to face additional surgery after deadly crash

    GOP Candidate Katie Arrington to face additional surgery after deadly crash

    Saturday, June 23 2018 10:01 PM EDT2018-06-24 02:01:47 GMT
    The crash killed one and injured two others Friday night at approximately 9 p.m. in Adams Run. (Source: Live 5)The crash killed one and injured two others Friday night at approximately 9 p.m. in Adams Run. (Source: Live 5)

    Republican Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington is out of surgery and recovering after a Friday night car accident.

    More >>

    Republican Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington is out of surgery and recovering after a Friday night car accident.

    More >>
  • Summer Bonanza aims to create educational space for children

    Summer Bonanza aims to create educational space for children

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:29:01 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    Summer Bonanza was held at the Memorial Medical Center Auditorium on Saturday.  The event aimed to give children a place to go in the summer where they could learn, gain role models, and have fun. "Kids in the community have some place to come and have fun for a Saturday during the summer and we work with them in their education, give them a lot of information to help them during the summer," said Angela Dorsey, director. Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    Summer Bonanza was held at the Memorial Medical Center Auditorium on Saturday.  The event aimed to give children a place to go in the summer where they could learn, gain role models, and have fun. "Kids in the community have some place to come and have fun for a Saturday during the summer and we work with them in their education, give them a lot of information to help them during the summer," said Angela Dorsey, director. Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Two arrested in connection to Burton burglaries

    Two arrested in connection to Burton burglaries

    Saturday, June 23 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-06-23 22:18:53 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has made two arrests connected to several burglaries and vehicle break-ins in Burton. The break-ins occurred mostly on Mroz, Laurel Bay, and Rugrack roads. Deputies were able to gather forensic evidence from each of the scenes. Two suspects have been arrested in connection to a burglary at the Reach Out and Touch Ministries, a home break-in on Rugrack Road, and two vehicle break-ins on Mroz and Laurel Bay roads.

    More >>

    The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has made two arrests connected to several burglaries and vehicle break-ins in Burton. The break-ins occurred mostly on Mroz, Laurel Bay, and Rugrack roads. Deputies were able to gather forensic evidence from each of the scenes. Two suspects have been arrested in connection to a burglary at the Reach Out and Touch Ministries, a home break-in on Rugrack Road, and two vehicle break-ins on Mroz and Laurel Bay roads.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly