Man allegedly robs home twice, stealing $25K in silver

info@islandpacket.comOctober 16, 2012 

A 22-year-old Beaufort man is accused of robbing a Battery Point home twice in eight days and attempting to pawn more than $25,000 in stolen sterling silverware.

Gregory Boykin is charged with stealing nearly $3,250 of silverware Oct. 8, and $21,120 of silverware Saturday. He faces two counts of felony second-degree burglary, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. He was in the county jail Tuesday, with bond set at $20,000.

Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said Boykin was familiar with the home and knew what he was looking for. The burglary Saturday occurred within about 30 minutes. Boykin, who lives just down the street, was seen standing in his front yard soon after the homeowner reported the crime, police said.

Boykin was "acting suspiciously" when police questioned him in his yard, and he was later interviewed at the Beaufort Police Department, where he admitted to the thefts, Clancy said.

Boykin also told police he pawned the silverware at a shop in Pooler, Ga.

Police recovered 17 objects from the second robbery, but pieces from the first theft had already been melted down, Clancy said.

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