Columbia Police arrest man linked to burglaries at several off-campus student housing locations

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Police have arrested a man who investigators say was involved in a series of burglary incidents at several off-campus USC housing locations.

Evrard Tehua, 26, was arrested early Wednesday morning with assistance from the Cayce Department of Public Service. He is charged with multiple charges including seven counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of first-degree assault and battery, and petit larceny.

Tehua is accused of breaking into multiple women's apartments in the 1700-1800 blocks of Greene Street and in the 600 block of Heyward Street Tuesday morning. He is also accused of assaulting the victims in their homes.

Officers say they responded to a burglary call in the 1700 block of Greene Street at an off-campus housing location near USC. Several residents reported being awoken and startled by Tehua. After being confronted by multiple residents, officers say Tehua left the scene.

He is also accused of stealing money from one of the Greene Street victims.

He is being held in the Lexington County Detention Center. Once he appears in bond court for an unrelated charge in Lexington County, Tehua will be transferred to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Officers offer the following tips to make sure you remain safe:

  • Keep the doors of your residence locked at all times.
  • USC offers the free RAVE Guardian Safety App which turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network, connecting with University Police during an emergency and giving them important information they need instantly. Get more information here.
  • Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to midlandscrimestoppers.com.

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