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September 24, 2013

Crime Stoppers shines spotlight on local crimes

CHEROKEE COUNTY —  A recent rash of local burglaries and thefts has authorities concerned enough to bring Crime Stoppers into the picture.

The Crime Stoppers Tip Line can be reached at (864) 489-2746 anytime. Calls may be made anonymously.

According to a release from Cherokee County Sheriff's Capt. John Raffield, following are those local crimes:

• Sun., Sept. 1 – An ATV was stolen from the River Run ATV park on FM-747, west of


The owner stated that he woke up at 6 a.m. to discover that his 2006 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 had

been taken by someone during the night. When recounting what happened to authorities, he said he had left the 4 wheeler loaded on his trailer, and sometime during the night unknown persons had unloaded and stolen the 4 wheeler.

The Kawasaki was black in color, with a 2 1/2 inch lift-kit, HD wheels with chrome lug-nuts, and “BIG GUN” painted on the exhaust of the snorkel kit, he told Cherokee County authorities.

Total value on this 4 wheeler is approximately $5,800.

• Tues., Sept. 3 – A 2011 CanAM 800XMR 4 wheeler, black and yellow in color  was taken from the front yard of a residence just east of the entrance to River Run ATV park.

The owner stated that he had chained the 4 wheeler to a tree near the road entering the ATV park in  an attempt to sell the 4 wheeler. He stated that he had the 4 wheeler there for the past two weekends to  get the attention of patrons coming to and from the ATV park events on those weekends.

He stated that sometime between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. the suspects cut the large logging chain used to secure the 4 wheeler to the tree.

Total value on the CanAM is approximately $15,000.

• Mon., Sept 2. – At some point during this period, unknown suspects broke into a residence on FM-1248 south of Rusk.  

The homeowner was in the process of moving from this residence, and had last been at the house on Sept. 2.

Upon returning to this residence on Sept. 8 to gather the last of his personal  property for the new home, he discovered that many items had been stolen during the week.

There did not appear to be any forced entry to the residence and it is believed that the suspects entered through a window that was left unlocked.

He reported his total value loss as $2,000.

Among the items reported stolen from the residence were:

1. Older .22-cal revolver with blued finish and wood grips; valued at $100.

2. Smith & Wesson .357-Mag revolver, Model 28, blued finish and wood grips; valued at $400.

3. Singer, .45-cal semi-automatic pistol, blued finish & brown synthetic grips; valued at $400.

4.  Ruger, .22-cal revolver with blued finish and wood grips; valued at $250.

5. Smith & Wesson, 38 special revolver, blued finish and wood grips; valued at $300.

6. Portable, 1 HP air compressor with two green tanks; valued at $200.

7. Metaba brand grinder, dark green in color; valued at $150.

8. Harbor Freight brand nail gun, orange in color; valued at $100.

9.  Craftsman miter box and saw, gray in color; valued at $150.

• Mon., Sept. 16 – During morning hours, a home owner on CR3422 in the Cove Springs Community – off  Hwy 175 west of Jacksonville – discovered his storage building had been broken into sometime during the night.

He stated that he had locked the building on Sunday night around 6 p.m.When he returned to the building Monday morning around 8 a.m. he found that the pad lock and hasp lock had been damaged and removed.

Upon entering the building he discovered that approximately $1,900 in tools, equipment and copper wiring had been stolen.  These stolen items included:

1. Coleman brand, 6500-watt generator; valued at $800.

2. A 250-foot spool of 12/3 copper wire with metal jacket; valued at $380.

3. A 250-foot spool of 12/2 copper wire; valued at $300.

4. A Milwaukee brand cordless reciprocating sawzall; valued at $150.

5. A Craftsman brand, pneumatic nail gun; valued at $85.

6.  A metric and standard ratchet set in brown canvas tool bag; valued at $65.

7. A miscellaneous Dewalt tools in yellow and black Dewalt case; valued at $100.

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