Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dorchester County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Bryant Rd. in Harleyville for a report of suspicious persons burning things behind a residence. On arrival, the complainant told them one of the vehicles was leaving.
Police shined a flashlight on the vehicle and it took off at a high rate of speed. The deputies followed, notifying Harleyville police and, eventually Summerville Police because of what was found in the burn barrel.
Harleyville Police located the vehicle – a black Honda – that was still traveling at a high rate of speed as it entered I-26 eastbound toward Summerville. Traveling in excess of 100 to 120 mph, the vehicle exited I-26 at the Ridgeville exit and continued down Hwy. 78 at speeds in excess of 110 mph. The vehicle went around an 18-wheeler that was blocking both lanes of traffic, almost hit a civilian, and turned onto Orangeburg Rd.
The vehicle was traveling too fast for the turn and ended up in a ditch. The subject in the vehicle took off into the woods.
A K-9 unit was able to track the subject about three miles before losing his scent. Inside the wrecked vehicle, police could see evidence from a Walmart robbery an hour prior to the burning call. On the back floorboard were large amounts of loose and wrapped coins in a blue Walmart bag.
Back in Harleyville, the complainant called again, stating that several unknown subjects were still at the burn barrel burning things. She told police she could see black males throwing bags in the barrel and burning them.
She told police she did not recognize three of them, but did recognize one – Devon. She also told police the name of Devon’s girlfriend who lives at the location and who, she believed, owned a second vehicle – a small light-colored SUV – that had just fled the property. She further told police a black Ford Explorer was still parked at the front of the neighboring property.
In the barrel police could see black gloves and two rolls of coins. Thy put the fire out with a fire extinguisher. They found a can of gas near the barrel and the complainant said she had seen them pour gas into the barrel.
The woman told police that prior to their arrival she had heard a loud noise back beside the trailer as “if someone was trying to break something open.”
The Explorer was towed to the Dorchester Law Enforcement Center.
The robbery at Walmart took place around midnight when a robber armed with pepper spray took off with a Walmart money cart. The robbers – male and female – sprayed employees and others with pepper spray before fleeing the parking lot in a pickup truck and turning right on 17A toward I-26.