Crime news brief for Nov. 29

  • Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:01 a.m.

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The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary on Edgefield Road in North Augusta, during which about $7,500 in tools were stolen from a home.

The items reported missing from the home were apparently the same ones being carried by a man who was charged with disorderly conduct after he led officers on a foot chase near Edgefield Road on Monday night.

According to a sheriff’s report, officers saw the 44-year-old suspect walking on Edgefield Road near Sycamore Street carrying a black and orange duffel bag and approached him due to the high number of vehicle break-ins in the area. As officers approached the suspect, he allegedly threw the bag to the ground and took off running.

Officers captured the suspect in a wooded area near Sycamore Street and detained him for disorderly conduct due to his behavior and a strong odor of alcohol emanating from him, according to the report.

He told officers he had been drinking and that he ran because he suffers from anxiety and “didn’t know what to do.”

Inside the bag were a variety of drills and other power tools valued at about $7,500, all of which the suspect said belonged to him.

The report did not indicate if the suspect would also be charged with burglary.

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A Beech Island man reported last week that he was a victim of a “road rage” incident, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim had pulled into his driveway on Shammah Court when the suspect drove past, then turned around and began driving toward where the victim was standing, according to the report. The suspect then accelerated and swerved off the roadway in the direction of the victim, who made an “evasive maneuver” to keep from being struck by the vehicle.

A witness told officers that had the victim not jumped out of the way, he would have been struck by the vehicle.

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