Texas woman claims $30,000 in jewelry stolen from vehicle parked at motel
A Dayton, Texas, woman staying at a Gaffney motel reported the theft of between $20,000 and $30,000 in jewelry from her vehicle.
Police said the woman, who was staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Winslow Avenue, found the door lock busted on her Hummer H2 sport utility vehicle Monday morning. The break-in occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday.
Among the items stolen from the interior, the woman claimed, were a Kodak digital camera, a brown makeup bag with about $300 worth of cosmetics, two backpacks containing toy action figures and a silver case containing up to $30,000 in rare jewelry.
Police said the two backpacks were described as being camouflage green in color. Each backpack had a child's name written on it, one with the name "Michael" and the other with the name "Johnny."
An officer observed that someone had punched in the door lock to gain access to the vehicle. An attempt to get fingerprints from the car was not successful, police reported.
Ring stolen A local woman reported to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office that someone stole a $5,000 diamond ring from her jewelry box last week.
The theft in the 200 block of Phillips Drive occurred sometime between Jan. 7 and Jan. 10, the victim told police. The ring was described as having three marquis diamonds set in 14 carat gold.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of $4,000 worth of cable owned by AT&T.
The thefts occurred in the 1400 block of North Logan Street. Police said someone cut the lock of a gate to steal the cable sometime between 8 p.m. Jan. 10 and 6 a.m. Jan. 11.
A 20-year-old Gaffney woman was arrested Saturday morning after police stopped her in a car that was stolen just minutes earlier from East Junior High Road.
The victim told police she started her car Saturday to let it warm up and that someone took it while she was inside her home.
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped the car minutes later on Marietta Street and took Jill Marie Pennington, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Gaffney, into custody.
Pennington told police that her car had run out of gas and that someone else had told her she could use the car she was found in to go get some gas, according to the police report.
Gaffney Police are investigating a home invasion that took place on Hampshire Drive on Friday evening in which an unknown number of men committed a robbery at gunpoint.
A resident of the home, a 23-year-old man, was in the shower when the robbers entered. At least one of the robbers pointed a gun at the resident while they demanded money, police said.
The victim told police he handed over four $100 bills.
A second victim in the home told police that he was punched in the face and robbed of a digital music player.
The robbers fled the scene in a 4-door Cadillac, either gold or silver in color, according to police.
Police are on the lookout for a truck driver who fled a Blacksburg gas station without paying for almost $550 in diesel fuel Saturday morning.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said the driver presented a Georgia driver's license to the Wilco Travel Plaza on East Cherokee Street before pumping 173.49 gallons of diesel valued at $546.34. The driver's license was determined to be invalid.
Police said the travel plaza would be turning over videotapes to help identify the company that owned the truck.
Pizza man robbed
A Domino's pizza man was robbed while he was leaving a West Buford Street apartment complex Saturday night, according to Gaffney police.
The driver said that he was waiting for traffic to clear on West Buford Street so he could exit the Westwood Apartment complex when an unknown man opened a rear door on his car and held some type of object to his head.
The 24-year-old victim said the robber demanded money and then fled on foot towards Overbrook Road. Police said the robber made off with $160.
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office was investigating on Tuesday the burglary of a Wilcox Avenue business.
Someone broke into Chapman Concrete with a pry bar, stealing a number of items from the office and also breaking into two vehicles, according to a police report.
Among the items taken were a microwave, two jackets, two CD players, heavy duty jumper cables, tools, and a cordless phone. Police said that someone also broke the windows on two vehicles while trying to get inside them. Theft losses were estimated at more than $1,000 while damage was estimated at more than $200.
- Tim Gulla