North Augusta man charged in Gloverville burglary
A North Augusta man was charged Monday in connection to a January burglary on Oak Street in Gloverville.
Stephen Lee Morris, 41, of the 100 block of Briggs Haven Circle, is charged with first-degree burglary, according to jail records.
Upon his arrest, Morris also had a bench warrant for family court, records show.
On Jan. 24, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an Oak Street residence and met with a 48-year-old man claiming three men had forced their way into his home, assaulting him over electricity, according to the report.
He identified Morris and 19-year-old Hunter Cotton by name, but was unsure of the third suspect’s name, police reported.
The victim said he had been allowing his neighbor to use electricity from a surge protector inside his home; however, he told deputies his power bill became high and he decided to turn the power off for his neighbor, the report states.
The three suspects then cut a rope that had been securing his back door and made entry into his residence. They then began to strike the victim, knocking him to the ground, according to the report.
While on the ground, the victim claimed he was kicked in his abdominal area and head by all three suspects, the report states.
Investigators searched the area and observed the rope to the back door to have been cut and noted the victim appeared to have redness from an apparent assault, police reported.
Deputies spoke to Morris by phone and he admitted to coming over to the victim’s home with the two other suspects to speak to him about turning off power to a neighbor’s home. Morris also claimed the victim “pushed him” and “slapped” a phone out of his hand during the altercation, police reported.
Following an investigation, Morris was arrested Monday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he was still being held Tuesday afternoon.
Cotton is wanted in connection to the burglary and the third suspect has not been identified.