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Burglar cuts hole in gas station to rob it

Posted: December 7, 2010 3:46 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2010 5:00 a.m.

He’s seen but only briefly described. He cut a 14-by-16 inch hole in the wall and crawled on the floor in an attempt to avoid detection. He stole $600 in quarters and approximately $7,200 in debit, credit, cash and checks.

“He” is an unknown burglary caught on tape at the BP Outpost on White Pond Road near Elgin, and Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies are looking for him.

According to a KCSO report, the owner went to open the store Sunday morning and found the office in disarray. He immediately called 911 and dispatchers sent deputies to the scene who immediately began taking pictures.

They found the 14-by-16 hole the burglar had apparently made and a trash can they apparently used to hide it. Much of the incident was caught on the store’s security camera, detailed by deputies in its report.

At 1:11 a.m., a file cabinet in the office “begins to move” and then stops for approximately an hour.

At 2:12 a.m., the cabinet begins to move, followed by a chair. A few moments later, the suspect’s face is partially visible and by 2:30 a.m. is clearly visible. He is seen moving behind a chair and there are more views of his face, but then movement stops from 2:41 a.m. until 3:31 a.m. while the file cabinet moves again.

The suspect is then seen crawling along the exterior wall, is seen behind a chair and attempting hide his face with a blanket. He pops up and ducks back down a few times and then disappears from view around 3:50 a.m.

A black Ford Contour or Escort is also seen on outside surveillance.

The suspect was described only as a light-skinned African-American male.

Anyone with information about the BP Outpost burglary is asked to call KCSO investigators at 425-1512.

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