Authorities made several arrests on firearms and drug charges after various reports of vehicle break-ins and theft in the Washington area.
Marquis D. Ward, 29, Olamide M. Wilson, 18, Isaiah S. Moore, 21 and Tyricka A. Riddick, 18, were charged with two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, theft after breaking and entering, two counts of possession of stolen goods and theft of a firearm.
Ward, Wilson, Moore and Riddick were given bonds ranging from $50,000 – $125,000.
On April 21 at 3:40 a.m. Deputy Tim Tetterton was patrolling when he said he saw a suspicious vehicle parked on Swan Point Road near Riverbend Apartments in Washington.
Tetterton said he set up surveillance after he couldn’t’t locate anyone in the area.
The same vehicle was seen by Tetterton thirty minutes later traveling west on River Road and conducted a traffic stop.
Tetterton said he noticed a gun on the ground near his feet during the stop.
Deputies conducted a search in the vehicle and said they found a bag containing two stolen laptops and a gun.
The items found were traced back to residents from Riverbend Apartments.
Ward, Wilson, Moore and Riddick were in the vehicle at the moment of the stop, deputies said.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Investigators were able to link recent motor vehicle break-ins based on the evidence found from Tetterton’s traffic stop.
Investigators said Ward and Wilson were connected to a break-in that was reported in the Rosedale Subdivision where two guns were stolen.
The Beaufort County Deputies and the Washington Police Officers started simultaneous search warrants on residences located on Van Norden Street and Grimes Road in Washington.
The search warrants led authorities to locate two more stolen guns and the arrests of Michael A. Davis, 30, Jolissa D. Moore, 29, and Conrad D. Midgette, 43.
Davis was charged with possession of stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of firearm by a felon.
Moore was charged with possession of stolen firearm and possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana.
Midgette was charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of firearm by a felon.
Davis, Moore and Midgette were given bonds ranging from $15,000 – $250,000.
Ward and Wilson are likely to face more charges based on the evidence found from two search warrants, deputies said.