York man accused of stealing rifle, gear from York police car


A York man is accused of breaking into a police car and stealing guns and tactical gear.

A second break-in involving a patrol car is also under investigation, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Wardarious Donquiese Brown, 20, of Erinbrook Court, is charged with grand larceny and breaking and entering a motor vehicle, according to jail records. He was placed in the York County Detention Center, where he remained Monday under $10,000 bond.

Deputies responded to a vehicle break-in on Hidden Lake Drive in York on Friday, according to a sheriff’s report. A York Police Department officer said someone entered his patrol vehicle and took a rifle and other equipment, including a ballistic vest that contained a .40-caliber handgun and magazines.

The report doesn’t indicate if the patrol car was locked but states there was no sign of forced entry.

A York Police lieutenant contacted deputies Saturday about serving a warrant on Brown and said they had information on his whereabouts.

Officers checked Brown’s listed address on Erinbrook Court but found the home vacant, deputies say. Based on “more recent information,” they checked a home on Birch Leaf Court and found Brown in a car outside the home.

Brown denied knowledge of the theft of the law enforcement equipment, and nothing was found inside the home after officers gained consent from Brown’s father to search it, deputies said. While being booked in, Brown told officers he stole the equipment and put it in an unlocked storage closet at his aunt’s home, and that he acted alone.

Deputies went to the aunt’s home on Cozy Court and found the items in the closet.

A second break-in involving a sheriff’s office patrol car was reported Sunday on Tuckers Glenn Drive in Rock Hill.

The doors on the car were locked but the driver’s window was shattered, apparently with a brick, according to the report. A rifle, flashlight and the car’s key were missing.

Trent Faris, a sheriff’s spokesman, said the deputy unintentionally left the key in the car’s ignition after arriving home from an overtime job the night before. A K-9 team was called but was unsuccessful in tracking the suspect’s scent.

Investigators are still working the case to develop suspects.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala