The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several incidents involving the theft or vandalism of $1,900 worth of property including a motor grader and old automobile parts.
A trip to the beach ended on an unpleasant note for a Union couple who returned home to find they’d been the target of a burglar or burglars.
The incident report states a deputy was dispatched Monday afternoon to 246 Vaughan Road in reference to a break-in. The victim said her husband received a telephone call informing him that someone had broken into their house and stolen two TV sets. The woman said she and her husband had been at the beach and had returned home around 5 p.m. and discovered that their television sets had indeed been stolen.
One of the TV sets is a 42-inch Samsung flat screen and the other a 32- to 36-inch flat screen. The victim said the 42-inch set had a crack in the screen that is only visible when the set is on. The TVs have a combined value of $600.
Motor Grader Vandalized
It’s the property of the State of South Carolina but that didn’t stop a motor grader from being the target of a vandal or vandals.
The incident report states that a deputy was dispatched the morning of June 14 to meet with a SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) employee at the intersection of Vaughn Road and Bobby Faucette Road in reference to the vandalism of a John Deere motor grader. The SCDOT employee said he’d been contacted by a member of a nearby church that someone had broken out the glass on the motor grader with an unknown object.
The employee said the motor grader had been parked on Vaughn Road since June 8. The deputy photographed the damage to the left door glass and a smaller window.
Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $600.
When he went to open the day, a businessman discovered someone had vandalized his business.
The incident report states a deputy was dispatched Tuesday morning to 3522 Lockhart Highway, Union, in reference to an act of vandalism. The victim said that sometime between 4 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. that morning someone busted the front door glass of his business
The deputy noticed that someone had taken an automobile and spun it around in circles in front of the business and had thrown rocks from the parking against the door and the front of the building. The victim told the deputy that he’d been told a white, early 1990s model Ford Ranger had been seen in the parking lot on both days.
Damage to the building was estimated at $400.
Automobile parts were among the items taken by a thief or thieves who apparently stole them from a Jonesville residence while their owner was hospitalized.
The incident report states the victim told the responding deputy that while her father was in the hospital between May 29 and June 15 someone took items from the yard and outbuildings at his residence at 403 Poplar Road, Jonesville. She said the property now belongs to her due to her father’s death.
The items stolen included metal underpinnings from one of the outbuildings and a large number of old metal car parts taken from inside the buildings. While the victim could not give the deputy an estimate on the value of the stolen property, the report states the deputy estimated it at $300 pending further information.
The following persons were arrested by the sheriff’s office.
James Boyd Newton, 40, 245 Gin Circle Buffalo, charged Sunday with larceny.
Carol Vante Kingsmore, 66, 177 Kingsmore Road, Union, charged Monday with breach of peace.
Charles Michael Solesbee, 36, 1405 Peach Orchard Road, #9A, Union, charged Sunday with disorderly conduct.
Mark Timothy Austin, 49, 306 W. Hillcrest Avenue, Union, charged Saturday with disorderly conduct.
Kelvin Kershaw, 46, 120 Dover Road, Union, charged Saturday with public drunk.
Ernest Maurice Gregory, 46, 1303 Jonesville-Lockhart Highway, #4, Union, charged Saturday with trespassing.
In Thursday’s edition of The Union Daily Times it was reported that Debra Ann Boyle, 142 Mitchell Road, Union, was arrested Saturday and charged with driving under the influence. Ms. Boyle was not arrested Saturday and was not charged with driving under the influence.