Sheriff's Office seeks help investigating burglaries

Published: Sep. 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2014 at 6:09 PM EDT
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LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Deputies in Lee County are asking for the public's help investigating recent thefts and burglaries.

This past weekend, the Lee County Sheriff's Office released a reverse-911 call to residents asking them for help in the investigation.

They also posted an alert on its Facebook page last week, saying the office is "looking into leads provided by the public and surrounding agencies."

The alert says investigators have no suspects, but they are asking the public for help locating vehicles and people of interest. Investigators say the vehicles and people were seen in the area of some of the crimes and may have information that could help.

Among them, a blue Toyota 4x4 with "big mud tires" occupied buy two black men, one about 40 and the other about 60 years old. Another vehicle they're looking for is a dark blue older Ford F150 extended or King Cab truck occupied by two black men about 25 years old.

Investigators also are looking for an older-model, burgundy Chevy Tahoe, seen near burglary scenes near the Lee-Sumter County line.

Another vehicle investigators are looking for is an older-model Chevy truck occupied by two white men, possibly towing a trailer loaded with farm implements.

Sheriff Daniel Simon says they've had reports of at least seven homes burglarized in just one weekend. The majority of the crimes are occurring near the county lines.

All of the burglaries have occurred between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., while most people are out during the day. The sheriff believes they are dealing with several suspects.

One of the victims said he just wants whoever is doing this to be caught before someone gets hurt.

"Well we went to church Sunday morning early, and when we got home around 12:30 I noticed my door was open," Charles Skinner said. "So I got out of my car and came into the house. And that's what we missed just a jewelry box. No need to worry now because it's already done. I don't think they'll come back any time soon because they've already gotten what they want."

"The idea of infringing in on your privacy is what concerns me," Skinner said. "It makes you mad you know that. We watch real close now and we don't take nothing for granted. We make sure that we watch real close."

Sheriff Simon says people can help by looking out for suspicious people. He says if you see something suspicious, try to get a good description of those people or the vehicle they are driving, a license tag number and pay attention to the direction they go.

If you have seen any of these vehicles, or if you know anything about the crimes under investigation, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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