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Adult, Two Juveniles Burglarize Coastal Station

web posted July 1, 2014

JOHNSTON One man and at least one 16-year-old have been arrested following a burglary to the Coastal Station on Lee Street last Wednesday night. When a Johnston Police Officer arrived to an alarm call he found the front glass door shattered and the lights on inside the business and called for back up. A short time later a deputy arrived and they cleared the building finding no one inside. Additional units began sealing off a perimeter around the area to apprehend those responsible.

Investigators quickly began reviewing surveillance footage and passed along the description of three black males to other officers. An off duty officer reported seeing three people matching the descriptions at the laundry matt across the street shortly before the burglary and was able to identify one of the teens.

The Sheriff's Bloodhound Team was called to track the suspects from the scene.

A short time later deputies took two people into custody on Partridge Street, including a 16-year-old and 20-year-old Richard Dequincy Broadwater (above). A third suspect, another 16-year-old had fled the area and was unable to be located at the time.

Bloodhounds tracked the suspects from the scene to the storage building where the pair was taken into custody.

Broadwater was booked at the Edgefield County Detention Center on charges of burglary in the second degree and criminal conspiracy and is currently being held on a total of $10,000 in bonds.

It is unclear from an incident report released on Monday if the teen was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) on similar charges or released to parents. The other teen was identified and is facing similar charges.

The report did not indicate if anything was stolen from the store during the burglary. The case remains under investigation.


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