The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that happened late Sunday night at a home in Salley.
The incident happened at approximately 11:40 p.m. at a home on Poole Road, according to a report. The 58-year-old victim said that at about 10 p.m. a woman named Toshia came to his home and woke him by knocking on his back door. The victim said he has known the woman for about three weeks, and that she has been to his home three or four times with her female roommate.
The victim said he let Toshia into his home, and she asked him for a beer, according to the report. He said she could get one and went back to his room. Toshia later entered the room with a beer in her hand, and two men with shotguns held the victim at gunpoint, according to the report. Both gunmen were wearing bandanas over their faces and dark clothes.
The gunmen rolled the victim onto his stomach, duct taped his hands and feet together and put tape over his eyes, according to the report. The men then went through his pants pockets and wallet where they found his bank card. After getting the victim's PIN, one man went to the bank in Wagener to withdraw money while the other held a shotgun to the victim's head, according to the report.
After the gunman returned, one man asked the victim for pain medication and wanted to know where the victim's safe is, according to the report. He told them he didn't have a safe and said he heard them “going through the house” before they drove off.
“When he thought they were gone, he rolled off the bed and got his hands free,” the report stated. He then called his brother and 911.
Missing from the victim's home were the keys to his vehicle, a cellphone, two shotguns, ammunition, a television, cash and medication. No arrests have been made.
The Sheriff's Office is also investigating a robbery that happened at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday at a home on Myrtle Street in Gloverville. The victim in that case said he was approached by a gunman while sitting on his front porch. The gunman reportedly robbed the homeowner of several electronics, then tied the victim up with a power cord. No arrests have been made in that case either.
Anyone with information about either of these cases is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 803-648-6811, or 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.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.