Aiken man charged in connection to multiple reports of burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft

October 2, 2018

A local man was charged Friday in connection with multiple reports of burglary and theft in Aiken in early September.

Christian Bradford Zorn, 23, of Aiken, is charged with grand larceny and three counts of receiving stolen goods, $10,000 or more, according to jail records.

Zorn is also in violation of his probation from a previous arrest in May 2018, records show.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office responded to three separate reports over the last two months, which investigators traced back to Zorn.

On Sept. 2, deputies responded to 12 Citadel Drive in Aiken and met a 22-year-old man who claimed his red Ninja 300 motorcycle was stolen after he had parked in front of the residence, according to the report.

The victim said the keys were not in the ignition when it was taken, the report states.

Investigators asked the victim if he knew of anyone who he thought might have taken the motorcycle, and he said a friend of his brother may have taken it, police reported.

The victim said his brother’s friend had been heard saying he likes to get high and steal things and said he would steal the victim’s motorcycle, according to the report.

On Sept. 3, deputies met with a 34-year-old Aiken man at 11:12 a.m. outside his Watsonia Drive home in the Talatha Gardens neighborhood, according to the report.

The victim told investigators someone stole his 2008 Yamaha XV1700 Road Star motorcycle with black leather saddle bags parked outside the residence, the report states.

Finally, on Sept. 8, deputies responded to a report of stolen property on Hatchaway Bridge Road, where they met a 63-year-old Aiken man claiming multiple items were stolen from the property sometime in late August, according to the report.

The complainant told investigators the property was in fact not his, but owned by a 54-year-old Pennsylvania woman, who was not currently in town, according to the report.

Earlier in the day on Sept. 8, the complainant said he noticed a screen forced open at the residence and called 911, the report states.

Deputies cleared the home and found more evidence of forced entry into tack rooms located on the property. The complainant noticed multiple items were missing, which he reported to investigators at the scene, according to the report.

Following an investigation into all three incidents, deputies determined Zorn to be the suspect. He was arrested Friday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Monday afternoon.

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