Arrest made in James Island burglary case

Dexter Tyrone Scott

A man was arrested Monday on charges that he stole a James Island resident’s generator, then crashed his getaway car less than a mile away.

Dexter Tyrone Scott, 45, of North Charleston faces counts of first-degree burglary, larceny, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, violation of probation and failure to register as a sex offender. The woman who Charleston police officers say was Scott’s accomplice, 31-year-old Walynne M. Shealy, also faces a first-degree burglary charge.

About 7:20 p.m. Jan. 13, a resident on Affirmation Boulevard reported that he saw a man and a woman stealing his gas-powered generator from his garage. The resident told the police that the burglars put the generator in their Ford Explorer and sped away, according to an incident report.

But seconds later, the resident heard a crash: The Ford had struck a Nissan sedan on the nearby Quail Drive, bounded over a sidewalk and hit a tree. Its two occupants fled on foot through the woods.

A 22-year-old passenger in the Nissan was treated at the scene for her injuries. The driver, 23, wasn’t hurt.

Charles Francis, spokesman for the Charleston Police Department, said investigators later tracked down Scott through Shealy, the Ford’s registered owner. Shealy’s driver’s license and insurance information were left in the sport-utility vehicle when the two ran away, the incident report said.