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String of break-ins hit two HHI neighborhoods


The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating a series of break-ins that occurred at two north end neighborhoods, one of which ended in shots being fired at a homeowner.

Deputies responded just before 6 a.m. Sunday to a home at Spanish Wells Plantation on Widewater Road on several reports of shots fired.   

A 58-year-old man and his 62-year-old wife told deputies that an intruder had fired gunshots at them. 

The security alarm for their guesthouse had been activated at about 5:45 a.m. The victims said the guesthouse was unoccupied and unsecured, but the alarm had been set, according to the BCSO. 

The homeowners saw a black male who was wearing a white sweatshirt and dark pants walking through their yard. The man shouted at the suspect, who pulled out a gun and fired several rounds at the victims, according to the BCSO. 

The suspect ran off. It is not believed that he stole anything from the home. No one was injured.

There was an estimated $1,500 in damage sustained to the home, including bullet holes.

The same home had just been burglarized on April 19. More than $3,200 worth of property (electronics, sunglasses, briefcase) were stolen from the guesthouse – including a vehicle.

Two other break-ins that are believed to have happened early Sunday morning were discovered in Spanish Wells Plantation at homes on Brahm's Point Road, according to the BCSO.

A homeowner at one home told deputies he had heard someone walking around downstairs at about 5:15 a.m. Sunday, but assumed it was just another family member. 

The homeowner went downstairs a short time later and found drawers had been rummaged through and a side door to the home was left open, according to the BCSO.

Two computers, a purse and a camera valued at about $6,035 were stolen. It appeared the suspect had tried to get into the victim's Ford F150, but nothing was stolen from it.

Both the home and vehicle had not been secured by the owner, according to the BCSO.

A victim at another Brahm's Point Road home told deputies that someone got into his unlocked Nissan Xterra and had stolen several pairs of sunglasses and a GPS unit, which totaled about $600. 

While the thefts were being investigated at Spanish Wells Plantation thefts, two more car break-ins were reported in the nearby Old House Creek neighborhood.

In those car break-ins, the vehicles had been left unlocked. A computer and cash estimated at $540 were stolen from a Jaguar at one home and a GPS unit worth about $100) was stolen from a Chevrolet Tahoe at another home.

It is likely the thefts in both neighborhoods are related, according to the BCSO.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either Investigator Cpl. D. Seifert at 843.255.3414 or CrimeStoppers. 

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1.888.CRIME.SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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