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Police Need Help Finding Sumter Home Burglary Suspects
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SUMTER, SC (WLTX) - Police need your help finding burglars involved in six different home break-ins recently. One of the victims was home at the time and has given a description.

Another victim, who found his home broken into just before Christmas, said it appears the suspects knew exactly what they wanted.

"Basically they'd taken all the televisions -- there were four -- and guns, jewelry and a camera," said the victim.

The suspects stole electronics, jewelry and guns from six homes in the area of Guignard and Alice Drives, Sumter Police Chief Patty Patterson said. The latest break-in happened Wednesday and was the most dangerous.

"In the last incident someone was at home," Patterson said. "Although they were not injured, they probably startled the individuals that were doing the burglary."

Once the female victim in that case saw the suspect, the man fled, but not before she was able to get a good look. Her description has provided police enough information to draw a detailed sketch.

One homeowner said that it what he saw once returning home that he can not forget. He told WLTX that he lost $8,000 in items, including a sentimental item -- a 1907 Smith and Wesson pistol from his grandfather.

"They pretty much ransacked the whole house, drawers pulled out, everything dumped on the floor. Even the mattress was pulled off the bed," the homeowner said.

The victim has already installed an alarm system to make sure it does not happen again.

The suspect is believed to be a light skinned black male between the ages of 25 to 30 years old, approximately 5'9" and 130 pounds, Patterson said. Patterson said she is unsure how many suspects there are in this case.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=116445&provider=top

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