Investigators look into two Sun City burglaries

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Between $30K and $200K in items stolen

By Chris Sardelli

INDIAN LAND – Investigators remain on the case of two high-dollar home burglaries that happened in the Sun City Carolina Lakes neighborhood last month.

The two burglaries – spaced about 10 days apart and involving somewhere between $32,000 and $200,000 in missing items – are still unsolved, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

Deputies were first called to a home along Duclair Lane on June 17 about a possible burglary. The homeowner said he left his home at 6:45 a.m. to play golf and when he returned he noticed various items laying on the master bedroom floor, the report said. 

The man also noticed drawers had been pulled out, cabinets were opened and items had been rifled through.

After searching his home, the man reported he was missing five watches, three gold rings, a gold chain link bracelet and at least $500. Estimated value of the items is $22,595, the report said. 

A deputy checked the house to see where the alleged burglars entered, though he was unable to find any unlocked or damaged windows or doors. Deputies later searched for fingerprints and took photographs of the scene. 

Two neighbors told deputies they didn’t see anyone near the home that morning, the report said. 

On June 27, deputies returned to Sun City Carolina Lakes to investigate another burglary, this time at a Carnation Lane home, according to a separate incident report. 

A homeowner told deputies someone forced open his back basement door and stole a large amount of money inside, the report said.

Deputies noticed the door frame was broken and the door had two distinct pry marks.

The man said about $9,000 was missing from a safe inside his bedroom and several pieces of jewelry were also missing. 

Though he didn’t have a complete list of the stolen items, the victim estimated their total value at about $200,000, the report said. 

He told deputies the only time he and his wife were not at home was between 12:30 and 2 p.m. that day to go to lunch at a Charlotte Highway restaurant. They noticed the items were missing at about 5 p.m., the report said. 

A sheriff’s office crime scene technician responded to the scene, and  processed the home for evidence. 

Shaw said investigators are still looking into both burglaries and it is unknown if the two incidents are related. 

“This was a large amount of property stolen, but no one has been arrested yet,” Shaw said. 

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the sheriff’s office’s non-emergency line at (803) 283-4136.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416