A 23-year-old Savannah man wanted in connection with a Nov. 4 fire at a Bluffton business turned himself in to police Monday morning, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release.
Joseph Samuel Clements Jr. is charged with felony burglary and arson and misdemeanor theft after a fire and break-in at Easy 2 Own Furnishings, 21 Simmonsville Road, according to the release.
Clements also is a person of interest in one of two similar incidents, including Thursday's fire at USA Rider Co., a motorcycle sales and rental business, according to Capt. Bryan Norberg, a Bluffton police spokesman. Clements awaits a bond hearing at the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the jail log.
The fire at the motorcycle company was the third within a week intentionally set by a flaming object thrown through a window. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigation into the Nov. 4 fire at Top Dollar Pawn on Kitties Landing Road is ongoing.
Anyone with information about suspicious fires in the Bluffton area is asked to call the Bluffton Police Department tip line at 843-706-4560, investigators at 843-706-4563, Beaufort County dispatch at 843-524-2777 or the SLED arson tip line at 1-800-922-7766.
Hilton Head Island neighborhoods plagued by break-ins
Several vehicles and homes were burglarized in at least four Hilton Head Island communities during the weekend, according to Beaufort County Sheriff's Office incident reports.
Overnight Friday and Saturday, electronics worth about $2,700 were stolen when two homes were broken into on Dune Lane on the island's south end. At one residence, burglars trying to get into the home caused about $1,500 in damage, according to reports.
On Dillon Road, small tools were stolen overnight Saturday when burglars smashed the windows of three cars, causing about $900 in damage, the reports said.
Nearby, at Cotton Hope Apartments on Dillon Road, at least 10 vehicles were broken into overnight Sunday, according to reports. Thieves broke the windows of seven cars, causing an average of $200 in damage to each before stealing about $500 in electronics and stereo equipment from three of the vehicles, the reports said.
In that incident, apartment residents reported seeing teenagers peering into the windows of vehicles with flashlights. No arrests have been made in connection to the break-ins, according to the reports.
Meanwhile, small electronics worth about $600 were stolen overnight Sunday when someone smashed the windows of at least two vehicles parked on Wells East Drive in the Wells East community near Spanish Wells Plantation, according to reports.
The following reports were released Monday by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office:
HILTON HEAD ISLAND
ST. HELENA ISLAND
Compiled by Juliann Vachon and Cassie Foss