Homeowner catches burglar in act; police have suspect
A Warrenville woman walked in on a burglary in progress at her home on Thursday, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident happened just before 5 p.m. at a home on Golf Course Road, according to a sheriff’s report. The 57-year-old homeowner walked into her home and found parts of it in disarray.
She was standing about six feet from a bedroom door in the living room when the door opened and a man stepped into the living room in front of her. The suspect, whom the homeowner described as a white male slightly taller than her, and wearing a wool cap, green jacket and jeans, was startled by her presented and yelled out before putting his hand to his mouth, pulling up a cloth or bandana to cover his face.
The suspect then walked out the door and turned toward a wood line near the home, the report stated. He was reportedly carrying a white plastic bag, and the homeowner got a clear view of his face before he covered it.
The Aiken County bloodhound tracking team was brought in to search for the suspect. Clothing matching the description of the suspect’s was found in the area along with the bag.
A white male matching the description of the suspect was seen entering a home on Dewey Street nearby, police said. An officer pulled up near the home, and the suspect, who’d been in the yard, approached the car and asked, “What’s going on? Did some lady’s place get broke into?”
The officer noted in the report that neither he nor any of the other officers told the suspect what kind of incident they were investigating. The bloodhound tracking team was able to track the suspect’s trail to that home, the report stated.
The suspect was initially uncooperative when speaking with investigators, and he had multiple scratches on his arm “as if he had been running through some woods,” the report stated. He was not arrested but is still a “possible suspect” in the burglary.
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.