Crime Beat

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013

 How do you hide a backhoe?
On July 9 Summerville Police received a report of a backhoe stolen from a construction site at Branch Creek.
J. H. Hiers Construction, LLC, reported the $60,000 piece of heavy machinery missing. The backhoe is a yellow Cat, rubber tire backhoe with a bucket in the front and a digging arm in the back. The backhoe was not located at the company’s other construction sites.
Close the blinds, lock the doors
Police were called to Lilith Lane in Pines of Gahagan in Summerville July 6 on the report of an attempted break-in. The victim was awoken around 2 a.m. by the intensifying barking of her dog at the window. When she looked out she saw someone crouching in the shadow with something poking at her widow. She shouted at the intruder that she had a gun and the person took off. When police arrived they discovered that the window was open about six inches with the screen missing. The screen was later located at a nearby construction site.
K-9 unites were called and were able to track the suspect to a point where the person apparently got on a bike or moped as police were able to see tracks in the grass. Police queried the victim about all the blinds being open and were told they are always open. The suspect vandalized the victim’s grill removing its cover and tossing it in the yard. The grill was in an unlocked garage. This is the second time in a month someone has been seen in the backyard the victim said.

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