Sheriff: burglars active in rural area

WINNSBORO – Two homes were recently burglarized in the Ashford Ferry Road and Old Douglass Road areas, and according to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, more daytime home burglaries could be occurring in the northwest corner of the county.

The entries were forced in both the front and rear of the homes and the homeowners were away, deputies reported.

“These incidents are believed to have been committed by the same individual(s),” Sheriff Will Montgomery said. “These are burglary trends that we have experienced in the past. Typically, these types of crimes are committed by individuals who ride through rural areas looking for residences whose occupants are away at work,” Montgomery said.

“Although we always encourage everyone to be cautious and to always be aware of their surroundings, offenders who commit these types of crimes generally avoid contact with others and do not attempt to steal items from property when they think the homeowner might be present,” Mongtomery said. “If they do encounter a homeowner, they are most likely to fabricate a legitimate reason for being there such as looking for directions, looking for a lost pet, etc., and then quickly leave. So we are asking for the public’s assistance in being vigilant for any suspicious person(s) and/or vehicle(s), especially in the more rural areas.”

Report suspicious persons or activity to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office by calling 803-635-4141.

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