Sheriff’s Office Investigating Peeping Tom

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (February 7, 2013/9:00 AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several incidents of a suspicious male believed to be peeping into windows on the South end of Hilton Head.

Deputies responded to Tanglewood Villas at approximately 10:30 pm last night after a resident reported seeing an unknown black male looking in her window. The victim, a 13-year old female, advised that she walked into her room after showering and noticed a subject staring at her through her bedroom window. The victim’s mother, who was on the rear patio at the time of the incident, reported seeing a male subject run from the side of the building and jump over a fence.

The subject was described only as a black male in dark clothing. Deputies searched the area but had no contact with the subject.

Two other similar incidents have been reported in the surrounding area over the last three weeks. On January 24th, deputies received a report of a suspicious black male subject seen hiding in the bushes in the courtyard area of Beach Arbor Villas (24 Deallyon Ave). The complainant advised having seen the same subject on several occasions in the area, always between 6:45-7:00 am. The complainant was concerned that the subject may have been attempting to watch juvenile female tennis students as they dressed in the morning.

The subject in that incident was also described as a black male, between 20-30 years of age, approximately 5’10”, 160 lbs, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

On January 30th, deputies responded to the Metropolitan Hotel (36 S Forest Beach Dr) in reference to a report of indecent exposure. The victim, a 25-year old female desk clerk at the hotel, advised that at approximately 1:30 am that morning she observed an unknown subject standing outside a window near the office, masturbating. The subject was described only as a male in dark hooded sweatshirt.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages South Forest Beach area residents and business owners to be on the lookout for, and report any suspicious person(s). Anyone with information is asked to contact either Investigator Cpl. D. Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Crimestoppers.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

Posted in Criminal, Indecent Exposure, Peeping Tom, Public Awareness

Sheriff’s Office Promotions

BEAUFORT, SC (February 5, 2013/11:00 AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office wishes to congratulate the following personnel in recognition of their achievement and dedication. Effective as of the Monday, February 4, 2013 ceremony, the following Sheriff’s Office staff has been promoted:

Amy Glass

Amy Glass

Amy Glass Promoted to Sheriff’s Tech III

Posted in Promotions, Sheriff's Office Activity

Manhunt Update

SEABROOK, SC (February 1, 2013/12:45 PM) – This morning’s manhunt for suspects in a Seabrook Rd home burglary has ended.

One juvenile is in custody following the 3-hour search for two suspects who burglarized a home at 70 Seabrook Rd earlier this morning.

At approximately 9 am, deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 70 Seabrook Rd, Lot #31. The victim advised that two unknown black males had just broken a window and entered her home. The victim locked herself in a bedroom where she was able to contact law enforcement.

As deputies were responding to the scene, two black male subjects were seen running from the area towards Detour Rd.

A perimeter was established in the surrounding area, and members of the Sheriff’s Office K9 Tracking Team responded to assist in the search for the suspects. One of the suspects, a 15-year old male, was apprehended just after 11 am. Deputies continued to search for the remaining suspect, however, were unable to locate him.

Investigators have a preliminary identification on the suspect at large, and the investigation continues as they attempt to verify and confirm that suspect’s identity.

Whale Branch High School was placed under lockdown for the duration of the search efforts. The lockdown was lifted as of noon today.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

Posted in Arrests, Burglary/Theft, K9, Wanted

Manhunt for Burglary Suspects

SEABROOK, SC (February 1, 2013/9:45 AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a manhunt for two suspects who burglarized a Seabrook Rd home this morning.

At approximately 9 am, deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress at 70 Seabrook Rd, Lot #31. The victim advised that two unknown black males had just broken a window and entered her home. The victim locked herself in a bedroom where she was able to contact law enforcement.

As deputies were responding to the scene, two black male subjects were seen running from the area towards Detour Rd.

A perimeter has been established in the area of Seabrook Rd and Detour Rd. Members of the Sheriff’s Office K9 Tracking Team are actively tracking the suspects, who have been spotted running in the woods in the area several times. The Whale Branch High School has been placed on lockdown as the search continues.

Both suspects are described as young, black males. One was seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and black shorts. The other was seen wearing a black shirt and camouflage pants.

It is unknown at this time if the suspects were successful in stealing any items from the residence.

Area residents are asked to stay inside their homes and immediately contact 911 should these individuals be observed in the area.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

Posted in Burglary/Theft, Criminal, K9, Manhunt, Wanted

Attempt to Identify

BLUFFTON, SC (January 30, 2013/5:00 PM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect believed to be involved in a series of recent vehicle break-ins in a Bluffton neighborhood.

Eight vehicles in the Heritage Lakes subdivision were reportedly entered between the night of January 26th and the early morning of January 27th. Some of the vehicles appeared to have only been rummaged through, while others had property stolen from them. Small electronics, such as a camera, an IPod, and a GPS unit, were among the items reported as stolen. According to each of the victims, the vehicles had been left unsecured and no sign of forced entry was observed to any vehicle.

One victim was able to provide investigators with video surveillance footage from his home, which shows an unknown subject pulling on the door handle of the victim’s vehicle. While the video quality makes it difficult to identify distinguishing characteristics, investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the possible identity of this individual to contact either Investigator Cpl. W. Conant at 843-255-3424 or Crimestoppers.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

Posted in Attempt to Identify, Burglary/Theft | Tagged , ,

Death Scene Investigation Updates

BLUFFTON, SC (January 30, 2013/3:00 PM) – The victims in two unrelated fire scene deaths have been positively identified.

Fifty-five year old John Porzio was found dead inside the burning remains a camper on Alljoy Rd on Monday. The following morning, the body of 33-year old Amanda Ryan was found in a vehicle fire discovered on the side of May River Rd.

Deputies and firefighters responded to 83 Alljoy Rd just after 12 pm on Monday, January 28th in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, a camper trailer parked behind the residence at that location was found to be completely engulfed in flames. The homeowner advised that his brother, John Porzio, had been living in the camper and was believed to still be inside. When the fire was extinguished, Porzio was found inside and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At approximately 3 am on Tuesday, January 29th, a Honda Civic was located on fire on the side of May River Rd by Bluffton Police officers. When the fire was put out, the body of Amanda Ryan was found inside the vehicle, in the driver’s seat as the sole occupant. She was also pronounced dead at the scene.

While the cause of each fire remains undetermined at this time, investigators have found no evidence of foul play suggesting that either fire was intentionally set. Preliminary autopsy findings indicate that both victims died of asphyxiation due to smoke inhalation.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

Posted in Death Scene Investigation, Fire

Death Scene Investigation

BLUFFTON, SC (January 29, 2013/9:00 AM) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of a body in a vehicle that was found on fire on the side of May River Rd early this morning.

Just before 3 am this morning, officers with the Bluffton Police Department located a Honda Civic engulfed in flames on the side of May River Rd (Hwy 46) near Linden Plantation Dr. Bluffton firefighters arrived on scene and upon extinguishing the fire, located the body of a female in the driver’s seat.

The vehicle did not appear to have been involved in any collision. Neither the cause of the fire nor the cause of the victim’s death have been determined at this time. Positive identification of the victim is pending completion of an autopsy.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

Posted in Death Scene Investigation, Fire