A suspect in a string of car break-ins in a Berkeley County neighborhood was arrested carrying a purse with a gun inside, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
He had just been put on probation after a previous burglary.
Devin Lee Stacy, 18, of Old Wagon Road is charged with seven counts of breaking and entering an automobile, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful carrying of a firearm, assault on a law enforcement officer and assault on a correctional officer, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
At the time of his arrest, Stacy was on probation after a September arrest on a third-degree burglary charge. Last month he was given a five-year suspended sentence and probation under the Youthful Offender Act.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a Cane Bay resident flagged down a deputy saying a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt had a gun, according to an incident report. The deputy spotted the man at Carnegie Court and Decatur Drive carrying a purse with a gun inside and a black computer bag. The gun was a .40-caliber Ruger, and the bag contained a Dell laptop and charger.
Deputies found a pickup truck with no tag on it parked in a handicapped space by the pool nearby. A license plate that was in the bed was registered to Stacy, according to the report.
During questioning at the Sheriff’s Office, Stacy got mad and hit a deputy with a water bottle and had to be forcibly restrained, resulting in a carpet burn to his face and a lip wound, according to the report. While being escorting into the jail, Stacy tried to break free and threatened the deputy, according to the report.
Stacy was given $75,000 bail for violating his probation and was awaiting bail on the other charges. After Stacy’s arrest, the Sheriff’s Office posted a message on its Facebook page asking Cane Bay residents to report any car break-ins by calling the office at 843-719-7009 and leaving a tip with Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.