Beaufort News

Crime reports: Man shot on St. Helena; Beaufort gas station robbed; ATM card stolen

Man flown to Savannah after shooting

A 19-year-old man was shot multiple times and airlifted to Savannah for medical treatment in an incident Thursday on St. Helena Island, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office reports.

The man was not identified in a Sheriff's Office news release.

Deputies arrived just after 2:15 p.m. near the intersection of Seaside Road and Luther Warren Drive on St. Helena after a report of a shooting, according to the release. They found a gunshot victim with several wounds, and he was flown to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. His condition was not disclosed Thursday.

Investigators are looking for two black men driving a 1986 Crown Victiora with a red vinyl roof.

The vehicle has an S.C. license plate, GRV 882, the release said.

Anyone with information should call the Beaufort County Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

Beaufort gas station robbed at gunpoint

The Beaufort Police Department seeks help finding a man that robbed a gas station Wednesday night.

An employee at the Express Lane on Boundary Street told investigators that at about 11:20 p.m., a man wearing an orange and gray ski mask walked into the station, pulled a gun from his waistline and demanded money.

The employee handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the robber left, heading toward the Polk Village area on foot, a news release said.

Attempts by the Sheriff's Office canine teams to track the robber were unsuccessful.

He was described as black, in his 20s, of medium height and build, wearing a white T-shirt with a black shirt over it and black sneakers.

Anyone with information should call Investigator George Erdel at 843-322-7950 or the Dispatch Center at 843-524-2777.

Woman charged with stolen ATM card

A 36-year-old Bluffton woman faces charges of theft and fraud after she allegedly stole a debit card out of an ATM machine, according to a Bluffton Police Department news release.

The woman's image was captured by an ATM surveillance video at a Bank of America branch in Bluffton. The stolen card was later used at a nearby grocery store, the release said.

When the woman found out police were searching for her, she turned herself in at police headquarters. She faces one count of financial transaction card theft and four counts of financial transaction card fraud, all misdemeanors, the release said.

She was released from the Beaufort County Detention Center on her own recognizance, according to the jail log.

The following reports were released Thursday by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office:



  • Carnoustie Road, Inverness Village: Two flat-screen HD TVs worth $600 stolen from rental property.
  • Woodhaven Drive, Woodhaven apartments: Electronics worth $1,175 and cologne worth $50 stolen from residence.

  • McIntosh Road: Tools worth $800 stolen from residence.

  • New Orleans Road: Profanity-laced graffiti sprayed on commercial building and Ford pickup truck. Damage to building and truck: $1,000.
  • Sun Trust Bank, Lafayette Place: Five windows of bank shattered. Damage: $1,000.
  • Bristol Skate Park, Helmsman's Way: Profanity-laced graffiti sprayed on public park structures. Damage: $2,000.

  • Spanish Pointe Drive, Spanish Pointe Plantation: Lizard-skin handbag worth $2,000 and two alligator-skin handbags worth $5,200 stolen from unlocked vehicle.
  • Driessen Beach Park, Bradley Beach Road: Purse worth $20, credit cards, license, and $80 cash stolen from two vehicles. Damage: $750.
  • Island Club, Folly Field Road: Microsoft Xbox 360 worth $200 stolen.


  • Sea Island Parkway: Appliances worth $600 and electronics worth $900 stolen.
  • Compiled by Cassie Foss and Patrick Donohue