Lexington sheriff’s department deputies have charged a Batesburg father and son with third-degree burglary in connection with a daylight farm equipment theft.
Charged are Jerry Myer Hill, 68, and his son, Darryl Jerome Hill, 43, both of Batesburg. They have been released from jail on $15,000 bond each.
Arrest warrants in the case allege that about 1 p.m. on Thursday, the father-son duo “unlawfully entered a storage building in woods across the street from a home on Peachland Road,” Sheriff Jimmy Metts said in a press release.
Warrants alleged the Hills stole four metal pig feeders, one motorized land tiller, one still front bumper for a farm tractor, one metal Hobart commercial dishwasher and other items worth a combined $750, Metts said.
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Deputies were alerted to the theft by a telephone call from the property owner, who observed “suspicious activity” near his storage shed, Metts said. The deputies then stopped a black-and-gray 1995 Ford F-140 pickup truck that was driving on a road that leads from the storage building back to Peachland Road, Metts said.
The Hills were in the pickup truck.
So were items Metts said were taken from the shed – including the pig-feeders. All were in the cargo area of the pickup, he said.
Metts is asking people in the community to call the sheriff’s department or Crimestoppers if they have any information about the Hills’ activities.