Juvenile charged with possession of pistol

A juvenile was detained after allegedly stealing a firearm and leading police on a foot chase through the woods on Tuesday.


The incident happened about 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a report by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


An officer saw a juvenile riding a bike from Carver Terrace onto Brandt Court and knew the juvenile was wanted for a previous incident, according to the report.


The juvenile saw the officer turn his vehicle around and tried to lose the officer by cutting through Pacers Run Apartments.


The officer caught up to the juvenile, who dumped his bike and ran toward the woods, according to the report. The officer could see the suspect reach into his jacket pocket while running away. He told the juvenile to stop running but he continued into the woods.


Officers set up a perimeter around the woodbine and eventually were able to take the juvenile into custody, according to the report. A .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, which was later confirmed stolen, was found about 15 feet from the juvenile.


The juvenile was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol, possession of a pistol by a minor and failure to comply with a public safety officer.


Public help needed to recover stolen coins

The Aiken Department of Public Safety and CrimeStoppers of the Midlands are asking the publicís help in recovering a highly valuable coin collection.


The theft of the collection happened last week when four homes and multiple vehicles were burglarized near the downtown area.


At one of the homes, the thieves stole a stash of gold and silver coins valued in excess of $72,000, according to a statement from Aiken Public Safety. Some of the silver coins have been recovered, but none of the gold coins have been found.


The list of coins included American Gold Eagle coins, Buffalo coins, MS-63, St. Gaudens coins and Morgan silver dollars.


Aiken Public Safety and CrimeStoppers are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the return of the coin collection, and the owner has offered an additional $2,500 for the recovery of the coins.