Man charged with drug-related offenses

An Aiken man was detained on multiple charges, including drug charges, after a short foot chase near Schofield Middle School on Monday night, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


Tyrik Gerrard Bright, 32, was charged with failure to comply with a lawful order of a Public Safety officer, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within a half-mile of a school, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine within a half-mile of a school. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Tuesday night.


Officers were patrolling the area near Schofield on Monday evening and saw Bright standing in the roadway, which raised their suspicious, according to Cpl. Jeremy Hembree. When officers approached Bright, he first tried to walk away but came back, Hembree said.


After talking with Bright, officers got consent to search him, Hembree said. During the search, they found a pill bottle. While questioning Bright, officers also saw what appeared to be digital scales hanging out of a jumpsuit that Bright was wearing, Hembree said. He then took off running. After a short foot chase, Bright was apprehended, Hembree said. Officers retraced their steps and located what they believed to be crack cocaine, marijuana and the scales that Bright had.


Man detained for shoplifting

An Aiken man was detained for shoplifting after he allegedly took an item from a store out to his car, then went back into the store, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


The 43-year-old suspect allegedly bent down to a display rack of iPhone cases and took a case from its box.


He then put the case in his jacket and put the box back on the rack, according to a report. The man then went out to the driver’s side door of his vehicle, reached in for a moment and came back into the store.


The suspect first told officers he didn’t take anything from the store, then said he took the case but thought his ex-wife had paid for it, according to the report.


He then said his ex-wife had nothing to do with the theft.