Man wanted for attempted theft

A man who was allegedly stealing copper wire near the National Guard Armory in Graniteville was reportedly held at gunpoint by a man before escaping into the woods, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened about 9:20 a.m. at Bettis Academy Road and Flat Rock Lane, according to a report.

The complainant told officers he saw an unknown man cutting wire from electrical poles next to the Armory, and that when he asked the suspect what he was doing, the suspect responded that he was cutting the “old copper” from the poles.

The complainant reportedly asked the suspect to walk toward the Armory so he could make a phone call, and the suspect took off running across Bettis Academy Road toward Sage Creek subdivision. The complainant said he caught up with the suspect, pinned him to the ground and held him at gunpoint.

While the complainant got his phone to call authorities, the suspect slipped from under him and ran into the woods, according to the report.

The Sheriff’s Office tracking team responded but was unable to locate the suspect.

Investigators recovered wire cutters, a pry bar and copper wire from the scene.