Burglars broke into a vacant house on a Rock Hill man’s property earlier this week, ransacking the home, tearing apart furniture and fixtures and stealing the stove, well-pump, hot-water heater and a glass case filled with law enforcement badges, deputies said.
Deputies at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday were sent to a home on Hollis Lakes Road after receiving calls about a “suspicious” green Chevrolet parked in the back of a house, hauling off scrap metal, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. Deputies did not find the truck at the house, but did find broken glass and other items scattered toward the back.
After checking nearby scrapyards, deputies contacted the owner of the property who explained that he did not give anyone permission to go to the house. Inspecting the property with deputies, the owner found that the side door was unlocked and the well pump was missing from the backyard. Inside, the burglars trashed the home, deputies said, throwing clothing, furniture and household goods and fixtures around and leaving them strewn on the floor.
Parts of the ceiling were falling down, the report states, and deputies found bare spots on the floor where the stove and other appliances once sat. The living room ceiling had been completely torn and the electrical wiring snipped and stolen. The owner inventoried that his stove, well pump, refrigerator, hot water heater, washer and dryer, living room furniture and a glass case filled with old law enforcement badges were all pilfered.
A neighbor told deputies that two weeks ago he encountered a man who introduced himself as “Duck,” mentioned the property owner by name and said something about storing cars on the owner’s land, the report states.