Deputies seek suspect in seven-month theft spree in Lower Richland

August 21, 2013 

— Richland County deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in a string of thefts since January in Lower Richland.

Gregory Skinner, 33, is wanted on burglary and larceny charges, Sheriff Leon Lott announced Wednesday. Skinner has been tied to thefts from residents and businesses from January through July, Lott said.

Skinner is wanted in connection with these incidents, Lott said:

— Between July 24 and Aug. 10 at an Eastover storage facility at 2059 Chain Gang Road, the suspect broke into the building and took a camera and assorted jewelry. Damage to a rear door and the estimated value of the stolen items is $8,800.

— Between June 6-7, at Richland County Public Works, 2009 Chain Gang Road in Eastaover, the suspect broke into a storage building and tool locker and took four trimmers, a chainsaw and commercial blower. Damage to facility doors and the missing items is estimated at $2,493.

— Between Feb. 4-5 at Lebanon United Methodist Church, 10220 Garners Ferry Road in Eastover, the suspect damaged three air conditioning units, stealing the core and copper piping from each. The estimated value of stolen items, including damage, is $30,000.

— Between Jan. 27-28 at 1136 Antioch AME Zion Church in Eastover, the suspect took the coil and copper from a Goodman air conditioning unit. The estimated value of stolen items, including damage, is $5,500.

— Between Jan. 18-21, at a residence in the 100 block of Henry Street in Eastover, the suspect took the compressor and copper from a heating and air unit. The estimated value of stolen items, including damage, is $2,000.

— Between Jan. 18-22, at Lower Richland Community Center, 117 Henry St., Eastover, the suspect took copper wire from three air conditioning units. The estimated value of stolen items, including damage, is $24,200.

— Between Jan. 13-20, at Good Hope Church, 11500 Garners Ferry Road in Eastover, the suspect took copper from the air conditioning unit. The estimated value of stolen items, including damage, is $2,000.

Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

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