Burglaries, car break-ins reported on Hilton Head; 1 resident shot at

info@islandpacket.comMay 6, 2013 

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An intruder shot at a homeowner when confronted early Sunday during a burglary in Spanish Wells Plantation, authorities say.

The incident was among a series of home and car break-ins reported in the neighborhood and in the nearby Old House Creek area on Hilton Head Island over the weekend, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The 58-year-old man and his 62-year-old wife heard their guesthouse security alarm go off at about 5:45 a.m. and saw a black man wearing a white sweatshirt and dark pants walking through their yard on Widewater Road.

The homeowner called out to the intruder, who fired multiple rounds toward him in response, the Sheriff's Office reported Monday.

The couple were not injured. The bullets caused about $1,500 in damage to their home.

The man who confronted the intruder declined to comment Monday.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the same home was burglarized several weeks ago, when more than $3,200 in electronics and personal items were stolen from the guesthouse and a vehicle.

Two other homes in the vicinity -- on Brams Point Road in Spanish Wells -- were broken into at about the same time Sunday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

In one incident, a homeowner heard something at about 5:15 a.m. When he went downstairs, he saw drawers had been rummaged and a side door was open. Two computers, a purse and a camera, worth a total of more than $6,000, were gone.

At another Brams Point Road home, a GPS unit and sunglasses were stolen from an unlocked Nissan Xterra in the driveway.

Two more car break-ins were reported in nearby Old House Creek, and the Sheriff's Office suspects the same people are involved in the thefts in both neighborhoods. Both vehicles also were unlocked.

The crimes have Spanish Wells residents talking about tighter security, according to Widewater Road resident Stanley Smith. Smith wasn't one of the victims, but his neighbors across the street and next door were.

The neighborhood recently contracted with Coastal Security Services Inc., said chief of security Jack McMullin. McMullin would not say what kind of services the company provides, but he did say that Coastal Security is discussing its services with the Spanish Wells property owners association and the Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information about the crimes can call Cpl. D. Seifert at 843-255-3414 or Crime Stoppers at 888-274-6372.

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