Crime & Public Safety

Deputies' chase of burglary suspect went through Hilton Head park

Steven Crabtree.
Steven Crabtree. Beaufort County Detention Center

A burglary suspect led deputies on a chase through Palmetto Dunes and to Chaplin Community Park on Hilton Head Island on Thursday morning before he was apprehended, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Steven Crabtree, 30, of Hilton Head was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary in connection with break-ins at Faces Day Spa and Hair Designs between Oct. 9 and 10. He was also charged with fleeing to evade arrest and possession of narcotics and marijuana. 

A sheriff's news release said the agency has been investigating a series of more than 20 burglaries in the past two months on the island in which a suspect would throw a rock or brick through a business's glass door and then steal cash and other items.

Crabtree was linked to the two salon burglaries through DNA evidence collected at those crime scenes, according to the release. He has not been charged in any of the other cases.

At 6:20 a.m. Thursday, an employee of the Island Bagel Co. at South Island Square reported a rock had just been thrown through the glass door of the business and a man was seen walking west toward Palmetto Dunes. A task force the sheriff set up to investigate the series of burglaries and deputies from the patrol shift began a search and then chased a man on a bicycle that led them through Palmetto Dunes toward Hilton Head Resort on the cart path at the Trent Jones golf course. He was later seen on the bicycle in a residential development off Singleton Beach Road. Deputies pursued him on foot into a wooded area off Henry Lane, where he ditched the bicycle, which later turned out to be stolen, the release said. At about 7:30 a.m., he was arrested by deputies after jumping a few fences, the release said. 

Crabtree has not yet been charged in the Thursday morning attempted burglary at the Island Bagel Co. The release said the investigation continues and more charges could be filed.