Burglaries, car break-ins, shots fired reported near Spanish Wells on Hilton Head

astice@islandpacket.comMay 6, 2013 

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A Hilton Head Island homeowner confronted a strange man in his yard early Sunday after he heard his guest house security alarm go off.

That man shot at him in response, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Just before 6 a.m., deputies were called to a Widewater Road home in Spanish Wells Plantation after receiving several reports of shots fired.

There, they met a man, 58, and his wife, 62, who said an intruder on their property had shot at them, according to a news release, which added the incident is believed to be connected to a string of nearby break-ins of homes and cars.

No one was injured, but several bullets penetrated the home, causing about $1,500 in damage.

The suspect, a black male wearing a white sweat shirt and dark pants, ran away. It's not believed that any property was taken from the home.

The man and his wife said no one was staying in their guesthouse. It was unlocked, but the alarm had been set.

More than $3,000 in electronics and other property were stolen from the guesthouse and a vehicle April 19, according to the news release.

Two other break-ins believed to have occurred early Sunday also were reported at homes on Brams Point Road within the Spanish Wells Plantation.

In one break-in, a man reported he heard someone walking downstairs at about 5:15 a.m. but assumed it was a family member. When he went downstairs a short time later, drawers had been rummaged through and a side door to the home was ajar.

Two computers, a purse and a camera totaling about $6,000 were stolen.

It also appeared that the man's Ford truck was broken into, but nothing was missing.

Both the home and the truck were left unlocked by the owner.

At another Brams Point Road home, a victim reported that someone had broken into his Nissan Xterra and stolen several pairs of sunglasses and a GPS unit, totaling $600.

Two more car break-ins also were reported in the nearby Old House Creek neighborhood. A computer and cash, totaling $540, were taken from a Jaguar at one home. A GPS unit was taken from a Chevy Tahoe at the other. Both vehicles were left unlocked by the owners.

Based on the close proximity and similar time frame, the thefts are likely related, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. D. Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-274-6372.

Follow reporter Allison Stice at twitter.com/IPBG_Allison.

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