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Report of Car Break-in Results in Recovery of Stolen Car

web posted November 30, 2013

MERRIWETHER The Edgefield County Sheriff's Dispatch received a call that black males were breaking into a silver 2006 Dodge 300 parked at the FATS Trailhead parking lot on Woodlawn Road around 4:20 Friday afternoon. When the first deputy arrived he found the car with no black males around it and no signs of it being broken into. However, a check of the tag came back as a stolen car out of Florida taken 11 days ago.

People who were in the parking lot reported never seeing any black males in the parking lot or near the car at the time the call came in. A car seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed had a South Carolina tag that came back "not on file". It was also noted that the cell phone number of the person calling dispatch did not show up on the dispatch caller ID system. They were unable to reconnect with the original caller after the call was lost.

Deputies processed the car for fingerprints and others evidence without success, saying it had been "wiped clean". The driver's lower dash compartment had been torn down and the car had been hotwired. It was found unlocked with tinted windows all around including the entire windshield. 
It is believed initially that the person reporting the car being broken into may be involved in the theft of the car.

The car was towed from the scene to be stored for the reporting law enforcement agency in Florida so the car may be returned to its owner.

According to information gathered at the scene, the car was parked at the trailhead sometime after 1 pm. Anyone in the area between those hours who may have seen the driver should call the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office at 803-278-1625.

Video tape from a nearby convenience store during the hours of the car being left and the time it was discovered will be reviewed to see if the person or persons driving the car may have stopped at the store before calling in the report. 


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