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Five burglaries solved: Sheriff thanks citizens who aided in arrest


web posted June 9, 2009
EDGEFIELD – The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office has solved at least five recent crimes since last Wednesday’s arrest of Robert Anthony Webber on Garrett Road following an exhaustive manhunt. Webber is currently being held without bond at the Edgefield County Detention Center and has been charged with three counts of burglary and two counts of attempted burglary. More charges could be forthcoming as the investigation progresses, Sheriff Adell Dobey said Monday.

Sheriff’s Chief Investigator Randy Doran said investigators have been talking with Webber, who was initially cooperating, but that changed on Monday. “He’s lawyered up,” Inv. Doran said, “so we can’t talk to him until he has a lawyer present.” However, the information Webber did provide was useful.

Investigator Phil Ireland said the three burglaries Webber is being charged with were committed at 218 Stonehenge Circle in Edgefield, 3195 Martintown Road, and the burglary that he was caught in the process of at 708 Republican Road. The two attempted burglaries were reported to be 2258 Gregory Lake Road and 2564 Martintown Road. Webber is accused of making off with more than $12,000 in cash and goods in one burglary alone.

“We’re pretty sure he did more (burglaries)”, Inv. Ireland said, but stated that Webber was not responsible for all of the recent rash of burglaries. “We’re still investigating.”

Webber is also wanted in connection to a burglary in Abbeville on the same day he was arrested here, Inv. Ireland said. In that case Webber is accused of breaking into a home where a woman “put a gun in his face” and then fled the scene. Though several surrounding counties were notified of the attempted burglary, Edgefield County was not one of them. Inv. Ireland said Webber is facing charges stemming from the incident in Abbeville.

Inv. Ireland said that some items believed stolen have been recovered but they are not in the possession of the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office at this time. Those items were taken into custody following the execution of search warrants issued in Augusta, Georgia following Webber’s arrest. At least one arrest was made by the federal agency ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. The raids resulted in stolen guns and drugs found as a result of the searches.

The name of the man arrested is currently being withheld at this time.

Sheriff Dobey said in a prepared statement on Monday, “I want to thank Mr. James Tyler for his assistance as well as Mr. (Phillip) Bell and all the other citizens who called us with information.” Sheriff Dobey said he does not encourage citizens to take the law into their own hands, “But at the same time I do encourage people to do what it takes to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their homes.”

Sheriff Dobey also thanked Aiken County Sheriff Mike Hunt, the Aiken County Bloodhound Team, and SLED for their assistance in the apprehension of Webber. “I would like to thank the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers, road Deputies, Investigators, Bloodhound Team, and other employees of the Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism and hard work on this case.”

Sheriff Dobey reminded citizens to continue to be vigilant and alert to suspicious vehicles and activity in their communities and during their daily drives and to continue calling in the reports. Sheriff’s Investigators have stated that Webber is not the only burglar in the area.

Currently there are parallel investigations ongoing in Richmond and Columbia Counties in Georgia as well as Greenwood, Abbeville, and McCormick Counties.




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