Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Brian Lowry (WRDW-TV)
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- A suspect has been arrested in possible connection to multiple break-ins in multiple counties.
Law enforcement officials say 42-year-old Brian Scott Lowry was caught after a foot chase behind the Rainbow Terrace motel in Clearwater Wednesday morning. Lowry had trickles of blood running down his face as he was put in the back of an Aiken County deputy's car.
Lowry was arrested on a warrant from Richmond County and is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center.
In Richmond County, Lowry is being charged with one count of entering an auto, two counts of theft by receiving stolen property (one felony and one misdemeanor) and one count of second-degree burglary. Other charges are pending.
Lowry is the suspect in a burglary that happened at Broadway Bait and Tackle on Broad Street early Tuesday morning. Surveillance footage shows a man covering his head with a life jacket removing fishing rods. Neighbors in Clearwater say they saw Lowry carrying fishing poles Wednesday morning before the arrest.
Lowry is also a person of interest in many unsolved vehicle break-ins and burglaries in North Augusta. Lt. Tim Thornton with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety says their detectives will be working with the Sheriff's Office throughout the day to learn more about Lowry's potential involvement.
On Monday night, 10 cars were broken into throughout the prestigious River Club neighborhood in North Augusta. Officers chased a person of interest who fit Lowry's description, but the suspect got away.
The Aiken County Sheriff's Office also is investigating Lowry as a person of interest to five car break-ins that happened on Tuesday night in Clearwater on Deerwood Drive and Hillside Drive.
"The genius didn't even take my lottery tickets. I've got $30 worth of lottery tickets sitting there," said Kevin Jasmin, whose car was broken into sometime Tuesday night.
Jasmin lost speakers, an amp and a Gatorade bottle full of spare change. He's left with two shattered windows on his Jeep Cherokee.
"It kind of ticks you off. You pay so much for a house, live in a neighborhood, you do the right thing, go to work, and somebody just comes along and smashes your windows in," he said.
One of his neighbors also had multiple cars broken into. A man at that house got a look at the suspect, which deputies say led to the arrest of Lowry behind the Rainbow Terrace motel.
Jasmin says he feels that Lowry will answer to charges in Aiken County soon, too. He says the Sheriff's Office likely collected a great deal of forensic evidence.
"There was blood in my Jeep, there was blood in my car, and there was blood in the car down the street, so yeah, I'm pretty sure he can't deny that," he said.
Aside from the facial bleeding, Lowry also appeared to have a bandaged arm as he was taken into custody on Wednesday morning.
If you have any information about the break-ins, call the Aiken County Sheriff's Office at (800) 922-9709 or Crimestoppers of the Midlands at (888) CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.