An Aiken teen has been jailed and charged after he was caught with a rifle allegedly stolen from a vehicle, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Deandre Gaiters, 17, has been charged with four counts of breaking into motor vehicles and one count of possession of stolen goods.
The incident began when officers responded to Churchill Commons after receiving a call that two suspects on bicycles were looking into car windows, the report stated.
A Public Safety officer saw a subject on a bicycle on East Pinelog Road, and when the bicyclist saw the officer, he began to cut across residents' yards to get away, the report stated.
When the officer blocked the bicycle with his vehicle, Gaiters ran from the officer on foot, but was having trouble running, the report said.
The officer commanded Gaiters to stop several times, and then observed Gaiters begin to pull a rifle from the leg of his sweatpants, the report said. Gaiters refused to comply with the officer's orders to drop the rifle, but the officer was able to get close enough to him to knock him down and obtain the rifle, police said.
Gaiters told police he had stolen the gun from a unlocked truck on Robinwood Drive, the report stated, and police confirmed with the truck's owner that the rifle did indeed belong to him.
Police found three other vehicles that were broken into on Robinwood Drive, and Gaiters confirmed to police that he did indeed break into those vehicles as well, police said.
Gaiters insisted that he acted alone, despite the initial report that two people were spotted on bicycles looking into vehicles, police said.
Gaiters is currently being held in the Aiken County detention center.
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