Four-wheeler stolen on test drive in Burton

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 21, 2014 

A Burton man's four-wheeler was stolen at gunpoint Tuesday during a test drive by a man who claimed he wanted to buy it, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. But the victim was able to nab one of the suspects, a news release said.

The victim had received a Facebook message from a man who said he wanted to buy the four-wheeler, and they met for a test drive. The victim rode on the back, the release said.

At about 4:30 p.m. in the woods between Churchdale Road and Burton Wells Park, a masked man wearing a black hooded jacket and a red bandana pointed a silver revolver at them and demanded they get off the four-wheeler. The victim refused, and the masked man struck him on the head with the gun. The victim grabbed the gun and wrestled the masked man to the ground, according to the release. The man test-driving the four-wheeler drove off.

The victim called 911 while maintaining control of the suspect, who was identified as Byron Habersham, the release said. Habersham was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital for treatment, and his condition was unknown Tuesday night.

Anyone with information can call Sgt. Jeremiah Fraser at 843-255-3416 or Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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