Car Break-ins & Burglary on Shoreline Drive in North Augusta
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC - Monday night residents of Shoreline Drive in North Augusta fell victim to at least nine vehicle break-ins. Shortly before midnight, Public Safety observed an unoccupied vehicle parked at 428 Shoreline Drive with its interior dome light on and the passenger side door open. It was quickly confirmed by the homeowner, Jason Coyle that his 1999 Toyota 4Runner had been broken into.
Nearly two hours later, Public Safety officers responded to a report of a suspicious person in the same neighborhood. According to the witness, the subject appeared to be wearing gloves and looking into cars. Officers in the area made contact with a second victim, her 2007 Cadillac had been broken into.
Other responding officers to the area observed a tall white male at the River Club Golf Course. As he was being approached, he dropped the bookbag he was carrying and ran from the Police. One officer secured the bookbag and another gave chase on foot after him until the suspect disappeared into the swamp. A perimeter around the area was quickly established and the Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team was contacted. The team arrived and briefly ran a trail before losing the scent. The contents in the bookbag belonged to victims of earlier vehicle break-ins. During the search, a Public Safety Dispatcher received an anonymous phone call (later determined to be the male suspect using a victim’s cell phone) telling them he had gotten away.
At around 4:30am, Public Safety received another call from East Shoreline Drive wanting to report the theft of a cell phone and a 2002 Buick Lasabre. The victim had woke up during the night to discover the phone was missing and went downstairs to look for it. It is at that time it was discovered the contents of a purse thrown out on the kitchen counter and the refrigerator door open.
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