LEXINGTON COUNTY — A white, heavy-set man is responsible for four recent break-ins at businesses in and around Gaston, authorities said Tuesday.
The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Gaston Police Department are looking for help identifying the man they believe is responsible for thefts between Aug. 22 and Sept. 20.
The man, they say, stole cigarettes, beer, liquor and cash from businesses on Ballpark Road, North Main Street, Jimmy Martin Circle and Fish Hatchery Road.
In additon to being white and heavy-set, authorities say the man has large, muscular shoulders and a large and muscular neck.
The first burglary was reported to the Sheriff’s Department at about 1:23 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Jasmin Grocery, 500 Ballpark Road, Gaston. The man broke into the business and stole two cases or two 18-packs of beer.
The second burglary was reported to the Sheriff’s Department at about 5:52 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Gaston ABC liquor store at 166 N. Main St., Gaston. The man broke into the store and stole bottles of vodka and Crown Royal whiskey as well as an undisclosed amount of cash.
The third burglary was reported to the Sheriff’s Department at about 12:54 a.m. Sept. 20 at D and M Foods at 4289 Fish Hatchery Road, Gaston. The man attempted to break into the business but was unable to gain entry inside the business.
The fourth burglary was reported to the Sheriff’s Department at about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at Fred’s discount store at 106 Jimmy Martin Circle, Gaston. The man broke into the business and stole at least two cartons of Marlboro cigarettes.
Sheriff James Metts asked anyone with information about the man to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.