Four people were charged with looting by local authorities on Friday bringing to 6 the number of people charged with looting during a state of emergency since the flood emergency began a week ago.
Late Friday, Richland County authorities said Shiparish Yates, 21, of South Beltline Boulevard, was charged with looting after allegedly breaking into a neighbor’s apartment and stealing a television, Xbox video console and microwave after the neighbor fled rising flood waters October 4.
A tip led authorities to Yates, who is believed responsible for 5 other break-ins in the same apartment complex during the same time period. Deputies found more stolen items in Yate’s apartment, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.
Jeremy Jeffers, 32, was accused by Columbia police of stealing miscellaneous items from front yards of flood victims at the 1200 block of Glenhaven Drive.
Richland County charged Wilshawn Wilson, 21, and Shareeka Dreher, 21, with looting Thursday night after they allegedly were found in possession of a stolen car battery.
Witnesses described two people seen going through various vehicles around 10 p.m. Thursday at an apartment building at 504 S. Beltline Blvd. Wilson and Dreher were located by deputies a short time later.
“Looting will not be tolerated, and those caught will be charged with a felony, punishable up to 10 years in prison,” Lott said.
Wilson, Dreher, Jeffers, and Yates were being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Justin Fann, 33, and Timothy Wyllie, 32, were charged Thursday after deputies spotted them on the 100 block of Glenhaven Drive with stolen items packed in a pickup truck. The two men were allegedly going through neighborhoods stealing items from the yards of flooded homes.
Fann and Wyllie face a felony charge, which is punishable up to ten-years in prison, Lott said.
Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, a man was arrested for curfew violation and marijuana possession.
Deputies on patrol noticed OBryan Cabbagestalk, 30, sitting in a car outside was a restaurant at 1931 Broad River Road, in violation of the curfew, police chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release.