Video captures evidence that leads to man facing charges
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:17 PM
A Waterloo man was arrested Monday night in Hodges and now faces charges stemming from a reported storage unit break-in this spring.
Thomas Reeves, 26, of 988 Ridgewood Harbor Road, Waterloo, was charged with public disorderly conduct in connection with Monday's incident. He also faces a count of receiving/possessing stolen goods in connection with break-ins at Birchtree Mini Storage, 212 Birchtree Drive, in Greenwood earlier this year.
The suspect was arrested Monday following reports he was acting erratically and appeared intoxicated along U.S. Highway 25, a Greenwood County incident report indicated. While questioning the man, deputies discovered he was also wanted for the April break-ins.
According to a separate county incident report, the break-in took place between April 22 and 29. The victim told officers someone broke the lock off his unit and stole several items.
The victim reported three pieces of optometry medical lab equipment and a window air-conditioning unit missing when he initially spoke to officers. A day later, the man told investigators a display case of eyeglasses was also missing from the storage bin. Investigators checked with two area pawn shops and tracked the suspect to Lakelands Pawn and Gun, where owners reported a man tried to sell an eyeglass display case and ophthalmology equipment April 23 that matched the victim's description.
Video surveillance at the shop showed the truck the man drove up to the pawn store in, and officers identified him as the suspect through the vehicle's tag numbers.