Hilton Head teen charged in Wexford burglary


A Hilton Head Island teen was arrested following a burglary early Friday at a Wexford home.

Security officers received reports of a suspicious person knocking on doors throughout the neighborhood, and as they searched the area at about 3:30 a.m., they found 17-year-old David Soler fleeing the scene of a burglary at 27 Bridgetown Road, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

The 20-year-old victim said she had returned home to discover three unknown men in her home. Two of the suspects -- one white and one black -- fled the scene. The third suspect, Soler, stayed behind and begged the victim not to call police, according to the release.

Soler told her he had been at a party at a house in the neighborhood and he had been drinking and taking drugs. He said he had entered the victim's home with the two other men because he thought it belonged to one of them. When the victim insisted on calling security, Soler fled, according to the Sheriff's Office release. He was caught by security officers shortly afterward.

Three handguns were reported missing from the home. Neither the guns, nor the remaining two suspects had been located as of Friday afternoon, the release said.

The suspects are described as between 17 and 20 years old, both wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts. The white male is about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 155 pounds. The black male is 5 feet 10 inches and 160 pounds. Soler was unable to identify the other suspects, according to the news release.

Soler was taken to Hilton Head Hospital for evaluation after he admitted to drug use, the release added. He was treated and taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center on charges of first-degree burglary and grand larceny. He was awaiting a bond hearing on Friday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office release.

Anyone with information should contact Investigator Cpl. J. Moran at 843-842-4111, extension 257, or the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.