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Home  |  News  |  Columbia Police announce two arrests

Columbia Police announce two arrests
Thursday, May 19, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announced today the arrest of Danny Antonio Mauney (DOB: 9/11/84) for Possession with Intent to Distribute (PWID) Crack, PWID within Proximity of a School and Disorderly Conduct and Daniel W. Newton (DOB: 6/14/82) for No Drivers License in Possession, Child Passenger Restraint violation (2 year old was without child restraint device) and Seatbelt violation. Additional charges are forthcoming.

Chief Scott stated that members of the Columbia Police Department’s P.A.C.E. (Pro Active Community Enforcement) team were conducting crime suppression within the Hyatt Park community when officers identified a red Chevy Cobalt driving suspiciously and that the driver (Mauney) was not wearing his seatbelt. Chief Scott further stated that a red Chevy Cobalt occupied by a white and black male subjects, had been seen in the same community during resent burglaries.

Columbia Police have seen an increase in residential burglaries and auto breakings in the Hyatt Park and Earlewood Communities. During the investigation into these burglaries a white male suspect has been seen walking through the backyards and tools such as shovels and other items have been used to break into the homes.

Chief Scott encourages the Hyatt Park, Earlewood and all City of Columbia communities to report any unusual or suspicious activity immediately by calling 911 and notes that half of all home burglaries occur during the day when alert neighbors might spot suspicious activity. In addition Chief Scott reminds residents to schedule a home burglary assessment through the CPD's Crime Prevention Unit (803-545-3553) and urges residents to follow these home safety tips to help prevent home burglaries:

  • Locks, Doors, and Windows
  • Install good deadbolt locks in your doors, and use them. (About half of home burglars enter through unlocked doors and windows)
  • Use double-key deadbolts, and remove the key from the lock
  • Make sure outside doors, including the one between your house and garage, are solid, 1 3/4 inch metal or wood and fit tightly in their frames. Hinges should be inside
  • Secure sliding glass doors with locks
  • Lock double-hung windows by sliding a bolt or nail into a hole drilled at a downward angle through the top of each sash
  • Do not hide house keys in mail boxes, planters or under doormats
  • If you lose the keys to your home, change the locks immediately


  • Trim back shrubbery that hides doors or windows
  • Make sure all porches, entrances and yards are well lit
  • Keep the neighborhood up. Dark alleys, litter and rundown areas attract crime
  • Do not hide house keys in mail boxes, planters or under doormats
  • If you lose the keys to your home, change the locks immediately

Going Away?

  • Make your home appear occupied when you are away from home for an extended period of time
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked
  • If you will be gone several days, arrange to have the mail and papers stopped or picked up
  • Use timing devices to turn inside lights on and off If you will be gone several days, arrange to have the mail and papers stopped or picked up

Schedule a property check when away from home by calling the Columbia Police Department 803-545-3500

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