A Beaufort teen was charged with safecracking Sunday after surveillance cameras caught him trying to find a stolen safe in a St. Helena Island marsh, a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Monday.
Frank Guy Talley III, 17, was charged with safecracking and receiving stolen goods in connection with the theft of a safe from a Lady's Island home Nov. 21, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.
The safe, stolen from Chickadee Lane and containing eight guns, $27,000 in cash, and a wedding ring, was found in a marsh off Shipman Dock Road on St. Helena two days later, McIntosh said. The safe was damaged, but its contents were unharmed.
Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol units recovered the safe and set up surveillance cameras in the area. Shortly after they were set up, cameras recorded Talley arriving, McIntosh said.
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McIntosh said it appeared tools had been used in an attempt to open the safe.
An investigation into the theft of the safe continues, McIntosh said, and more charges and arrests could be pending.