Warrenville man violates restraining order, named suspect in North Augusta burglary
A Warrenville man was charged Wednesday in connection with a burglary in North Augusta earlier this month involving multiple victims, which includes several young children.
Jeffery Scott Crawford, 29, of the 300 block of Flint Drive, is charged with first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a weapon, malicious injury to personal property and two counts of violation of permanent restraining order, according to jail records.
On Jan. 10, Aiken County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 5:30 p.m. to a North Augusta residence and met with a 26-year-old woman at the scene, according to the report.
The woman claimed Crawford entered her home through a locked back door, carrying a long-gun sticking out of an umbrella, the report states.
Crawford reportedly threatened everyone in the house with a “shootout” if anyone tried to call police, according to the report.
Investigators spoke with all the victims who live in the home, including the woman, her five children and her sister – all were present when the suspect entered, police reported.
The victims all claimed Crawford was not in the house for a long period of time before he turned and fled the scene, the report states.
Police reported seeing excessive damage to the back door.
On Wednesday, a 28-year-old North Augusta woman called police claiming she discovered a GPS tracking device on her vehicle, which she believed Crawford had placed there without her permission, according to the report.
The victim told investigators her 10-year-old son told her about the tracking device, claiming Crawford had told him about it after attaching it to the car, the report states.
The juvenile also told police Crawford threatened to “beat” him if he told the victim about the device, police reported.
The victim said her son explained to her that the device was connected with an application on Crawford’s phone, which he allegedly used to track her whenever she left her house, according to the report.
After speaking with the victim, investigators found out she had a permanent restraining order against Crawford.
Crawford was then questioned by police and was eventually arrested Wednesday. He was taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he is still being held Thursday afternoon.