Authorities have lifted their search perimeter, but are continuing extra patrols searching for a man who broke into at least four homes and burglarized 12 vehicles overnight.†


The Aiken Department of Public Safety announced around 11:45 a.m. that they had lifted their search perimeter in Highland Park, Kalmia Hills and the downtown area. Officers will continue extra patrols in the neighborhoods.†


Just after 3:30 a.m., officers responded to an alarm going off at a home on the 300 block of Newberry Street and observed a man running from the residence, Aiken Public Safety Cpl. Jeremy Hembree said. Within an hour, a homeowner on Lancaster Street saw a man inside his house, Hembree said. When the homeowner confronted him, he fled.


A homeowner told police the suspect was a male dressed in dark clothing. The man should be considered armed and dangerous, as a gun was reported missing from one of the homes, police said. Officers are asking residents to check their homes and vehicles to see if they may have been a victim.†


Mead Hall Episcopal School was placed on lockdown shortly after 8 a.m. but is no longer under lockdown status.


Residents are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to authorities by calling 911. Individuals can also call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME–SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.


Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Aiken Public Safety at 642-7620. Individuals also should call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME–SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of between $50 and $1,000.