Arrested man’s tip aids recovery of stolen items
A man charged last week with pointing and presenting a firearm led police to thousands of dollars in what is believed to be stolen property in an abandoned home, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Greg Lamar Amiker, 29, was charged Thursday with pointing and presenting a firearm. The charge stems from a dispute earlier this month between Amiker and a female subject at a home on the 300 block of Maurice Terrace in the Hahn Village neighborhood.
Amiker was placed in the Aiken County detention center, but posted bond on Saturday.
According to a Public Safety report, Amiker talked with officers about several burglaries that happened in the city last week, including four home invasions and a dozen vehicle break-ins that happened in the downtown area in the early hours of Jan. 8.
“He said he knew the location of several stolen gold and silver coins,” the report stated.
Officers followed Amiker’s directions to an abandoned home on Williams Lane, according to the report. In the house, Amiker showed officers several large plastic bags that Amiker said “belonged to him.”
In the bags were nine laptop computers, a backpack with a video game console and controllers, a bag with hair equipment, a backpack with miscellaneous items, a black plastic trash bag containing clothing and a tote bag with numerous collectible coins.
None of the laptops appeared to be in working order, according to the report.
“He got into our investigation during the process of the Tuesday morning burglaries from last week,” said Cpl. Jeremy Hembree. “We’re still investigating those to determine who all was involved, so we’re not sure if he had actual involvement in the burglary itself or just receiving the property that was taken.”
Hembree said Amiker hasn’t been charged in connection with last week’s burglaries and hasn’t admitted to taking any of the items.
He added that the property in the abandoned home is believed to be stolen; however, it’s not known if it is related to last week’s downtown burglaries.
“It’s not common practice to store your items in a trash bag in an abandoned house,” he said. “Most of the laptops and the electronics weren’t in (the National Crime Information Center) because the homeowners, at the original time of reporting their electronics stolen, didn’t have serial numbers. In turn, we can’t put anything in the computer as stolen if we don’t have the serial number to identify it.”
Hembree encouraged residents to write down or record the serial numbers of electronic devices.
“It makes it easier for us if the homeowner has their serial numbers for their electronics, because we know it can be tracked,” he said. “It’s unique to that one item.”
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.