An Aiken man has been arrested in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred in the downtown area on Tuesday morning.
Tremayne Deshawn Crawford, 22, has been charged with first-degree burglary by the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Crawford also had outstanding arrest warrants from the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
Crawford was found hiding in the attic of a home on Abbeville Avenue at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
He is being held at the Aiken County detention center.
On Tuesday, Aiken Public Safety officers responded to a burglar alarm on the 300 block of Newberry Street just before 3:30 a.m., according to a statement.
Officers arriving on the scene saw a man fleeing the area on foot.
A perimeter was set up in the area, and officers discovered during the initial investigation that other homes nearby had been broken into.
It was also discovered that a handgun had been taken from one of the homes.
Law enforcement confirmed the suspect burglarized four homes and about 12 vehicles.
All of the homes were occupied by residents sleeping in other areas of the home, according to Cpl. Jeremy Hembree.
At each location, the suspect entered the home through an unlocked or unsecured door, he said.
A resident called 911 a short time later and said a subject was inside of their home on the 200 block of Lancaster Street Southwest. The caller said the subject was a man wearing dark clothing, and that he fled the location on foot.
An additional perimeter was set up, and the Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team and a helicopter from the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division were brought in to assist in the search.
During the search, Aiken Public Safety sent a reverse 911 call to alert residents of the situation.
Mead Hall Episcopal School was placed on lockdown shortly after 8 a.m., but the lockdown was lifted by noon Tuesday.
The initial search was later called off, but officers continued extra patrols in the Highland Park, Kalmia Hills and downtown areas.
ADPS received assistance in the investigation from the ATF Rage Unit, a joint gang/violent crimes task force with ADPS, the Aiken County Sheriff's Office, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and SLED, ACSO and the Aiken County Solicitor's Office.
Anyone with any further information related to this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC. Callers will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.