Beaufort News

Two St. Helena Island burglaries in one morning believed to be connected

Jakeyce Chaplin
Jakeyce Chaplin Beaufort County Detention Center

Two St. Helena Island men were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with a Seaside Road home invasion around 5:40 a.m. the same day in which electronics, clothing, cash and a purse were stolen while the female victim was home.

Jakeyce Chaplin, 23, and Dantee McKinnon, 18, face charges of burglary in the first degree and armed robbery.

The two were arrested at their Legree Road home after the stolen electronics and purse were found there, Capt. Bob Bromage of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said on Sunday. A gun also was found at the home, but the origin of the weapon is still under investigation, he said.

The suspects were wearing red bandannas over their faces when they kicked in the victim’s door, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. One of them, armed with a hammer, started “ransacking” the home as the other shouted for him to stop, the report said. They told the woman not to call the police and apologized to her, saying their issue was with her boyfriend and they “wanted their money,” according to the report.

The home invasion incident is believed connected to another burglary that morning, Bromage said. Chaplin and McKinnon’s Legree Road home was “ransacked” around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, just hours before the Seaside Road home invasion, Bromage said.

Deputies caught the suspect in the Legree Road burglary as he tried to run from the scene and he was charged with fleeing to evade arrest, Bromage said. Chaplin, McKinnon and the suspect are all known to each other and no other charges were brought in relation to that burglary, Bromage said.

Chaplin and McKinnon are being held in Beaufort County Detention Center.

Joan McDonough: 843-706-8125, @IPBG_Joan