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Caller Reports Burglary in Progress, Three Arrested
web posted November 29, 2012
Below (L to R): Tice, Barrs and Edgerley
JOHNSTON – Three people have been
after a woman called 911 to report a burglary in progress at a home on
the 1000 block of Calhoun Street in Johnston around 1:30 Wednesday
afternoon. Edgefield County Sheriff's Deputies and Johnston Police
converged on the area after a report that a white male ran from the
home and into a wooded area.
The woman caller, who is the girlfriend of the homeowner, told
dispatchers that a dark colored van dropped the man off and then drove
away. The woman was able to get the tag number of the van before losing
sight of it.
The white male, later identified as Richard Tice, 20, of Aiken, was
at the Hazelwood Apartments talking on his cell phone and was detained.
After talking to investigators he was placed under arrest for burglary
in the second degree. While investigators were talking to Tice, the
witness saw the van ride by and deputies conducted a traffic stop on
the van Highway 23.
The van was driven by Tice's girlfriend, Hope Barrs, 34, also of Aiken.
Stacey Edgerley, 35, and her two children were passengers in the van.
and Edgerley were arrested and the father of the two young children in
the van was called from work to pick up the children.
Edgefield County Sheriff's Chief Investigator Randy Doran said that
Tice went under the house in an attempt to steal copper pipes and
wiring, but got spooked when he saw a police vehicle approaching with
blue lights flashing and ran into the nearby wooded area.
A search of the van following the arrest found "a lot" of copper wiring
in the back of the van and a substantial amount of jewelry. "We don't
know where the copper wiring or the jewelry came from right now," Inv
Also found in the van were receipts from a scrap yard for selling scrap
metal for three consecutive days this week.
At the time of Tice's arrest he was wearing an ankle monitor issued by
the Aiken County Probation office as a result of a previous conviction
of breaking into a motor vehicle.
All three suspects are being charged with burglary in the second degree
being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center awaiting service of
formal charges, expected to be filed on Thursday.
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