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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 arrested 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 spotted 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. Barrs 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 Doran said.

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 and are being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center awaiting service of formal charges, expected to be filed on Thursday.

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