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Manhunt continues for Bluffton burglary suspect

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A search continues for a burglary suspect who ran from the Fern Lakes subdivision.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office found a pair of pants and shoes in the trees near where the burglary occurred. They said the items could belong to the suspect.

A homeowner had a burglary suspect at gunpoint outside his home, but another man got away during a home invasion on Wednesday afternoon.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said there are missing firearms from the burglarized home.

Deputies responded at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to a home on Fern Lakes Drive. The homeowner reported that he had detained burglary suspect at gunpoint, according to the sheriff's office. The homeowner told deputies that the other man got away by jumping into and swimming through a nearby pond in the neighborhood.

The sheriff's office says that one of the men couldn't swim and that the homeowner got him out of the water and held him at gunpoint.

A perimeter was set up and members of the K9 Tracking Team are searching for the suspect. It is believed the suspect may have stolen several firearms from the home and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the BCSO.

The suspect is described a black male wearing dark clothing. His clothes will be wet from being in the pond.

The sheriff's office is asking those in the area of Burnt Church Road, Bluffton Parkway and May River Road to stay inside and report suspicious people.

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