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Charges filed for March 18 burglaries in Richmond Hill

Two Walterboro, S.C. men faces charges of burglary, theft and criminal trespass for the March 18 burglary of Plantation Building and Lumber Supply and the Ford Plantation maintenance shop.

Ashley Murdaugh and Robert Carter, along with Jenna Crosby, also faces charges in connection with other crimes in South Carolina, according to authorities.

Here’s the press release from Richmond Hill Police, which was emailed Thursday:

On March 18th, 2015, Richmond Hill Police responded to Plantation Building and Lumber and the Ford Plantation Maintenance Shop regarding entry and theft from their property. Suspects stole a Ford Plantation maintenance truck using it to tow a trailer stolen from the Plantation Building and Lumber. Police developed leads which led them to Walterboro, South Carolina. Upon arrival, Richmond Hill investigators working in conjunction with Colleton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and the South Carolina Probation and Parole while executing a search warrant recovered the stolen truck and trailer and other building materials that had previously been stolen from GRAYCO in Beaufort County. Three people were arrested on scene during the execution of the search warrant. Ashley Murdaugh, Jenna Crosby and Robert Carter are all facing charges of receiving stolen goods from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, Richmond Hill investigators secured warrants on Murdaugh and Carter both residents of Walterboro for two counts of Burglary each, two counts of Theft by Taking each, and one count of Criminal Trespass each.

According to Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds, Walterboro seems to be an area of interest when it comes to recovering stolen property. On several occasions in the past, stolen equipment has been recovered in that particular area. Richmond Hill investigators Cpl. Robert Linton and Cpl. Jack Frost responded to Walterboro in a timely manner which in effect was a major factor in solving this case and led to the discovery of other stolen items from other jurisdictions.

According to Chief Reynolds, without the help of investigators from Colleton County and the South Carolina Probation and Parole, the stolen property may not have been recovered and the suspect arrested. I can’t say enough about the South Carolina authorities says Chief Reynolds, they went above and beyond to help investigators from a neighboring State.                         


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