HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (May 6, 2013/11:30 AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of break-ins in two North end neighborhoods, one of which ended in shots being fired at a homeowner.
Just before 6 am yesterday morning, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a Widewater Rd home (Spanish Wells Plantation) in reference to multiple reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, they met with a 58-year old male and his 62-year old wife who advised that an intruder on the property had fired shots at them.
The victims reported that the security alarm for the guesthouse had been activated at approximately 5:45 am. They then observed an unknown black male wearing a white sweatshirt and dark pants walking through their yard. The male victim verbally challenged the suspect, at which time the suspect pulled out a gun and fired multiple rounds at the victims.
Neither victim was injured, however, an estimated $1500 in damage was sustained when several bullets penetrated the home. The suspect fled the area on foot, and it is not believed that he was able to steal any property from the home. The victims advised that the guesthouse was unoccupied and unsecured, but that the alarm had been set. The same residence was previously burglarized on April 19th, with over $3,200 worth of property (electronics, sunglasses, briefcase) being stolen from the guesthouse and a vehicle.
Two other break-ins believed to have occurred early yesterday morning were also discovered within Spanish Wells Plantation, at homes on Brahm’s Point Rd. In one, the homeowner reported that he’d heard someone walking around downstairs at approximately 5:15 am, but assumed it was just another family member. When he went down a short time later, it appeared that various drawers had been rummaged through and a side door to the home was ajar. Two computers, a purse, and a camera (estimated total value: $6,035) were reportedly stolen from the residence. It also appeared that entry had been made to the victim’s Ford F150, but nothing was stolen from it. Both the home and vehicle had been left unsecured by the owner.
At the other Brahm’s Point Rd home, a victim reported that an unknown suspect had made entry to his unlocked Nissan Xterra and had stolen several pairs of sunglasses and a GPS unit (total estimated value: $600).
As the Spanish Wells Plantation thefts were being investigated, two additional car break-ins were reported in the nearby Old House Creek neighborhood. In both cases, the vehicles had been left unsecured by their owners. A computer and cash (total value: $540) were stolen from a Jaguar at one home and a GPS unit (value: $100) was stolen from a Chevy Tahoe at another home. Based on the close proximity and coinciding time frame, it is likely the thefts in both neighborhoods are related.
Anyone with information is asked to contact either Investigator Cpl. D. Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Crimestoppers.
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