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Burglary for Internet Access?
web posted January 15, 2013
MERRIWETHER – A Merriwether couple
returned to their home off Woodlawn Road Monday night to discover
someone had "jimmied" their front door lock and they were unable to get
the key in the door. Shortly before Sheriff's Deputies arrived the
couple was able to gain entry and claimed someone had been inside the
The deadbolt lock did appear to be tampered with, though not to the
point of disfiguring the key slot. However, the owner's key would not
work most of the time even after they were able to get inside.
The wife claimed that they left the home around 5 pm Monday and
returned just after 7 pm and were unable to get inside and notified the
Sheriff's Office. It is the second time the home had been targeted in
its rural setting.
The wife told deputies that before they left the home she turned her
internet off and started a virus scan. When they returned the scan had
been turned off and the internet was active on the home computer.
The homeowners stated at the time of the report that nothing appeared
to missing from the home - including a shotgun that was leaning on the
wall next to the doorway that was undisturbed.
Deputies photographed the lock and advised the homeowners to call if
they discovered anything missing from the home.
The only evidence of someone being inside the home was the activation
of internet activity on the family computer. The case has been turned
over to the Edgefield County Sheriff's Criminal Investigative Division
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