Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – On Tuesday evening, the Chapin Town Council recognized law enforcement officers from two other jurisdictions for their assistance in a case that the Chapin Police Department was working. Chapin is a unique portion of Lexington County in that it is cut off from other parts of the county by Lake Murray in one direction and Newberry and Richland Counties in two others. Except for the portion of Lexington County that is the water of Lake Murray, it doesn’t touch Lexington County at all, yet it is an important portion of our county. That’s why having a great interdepartmental relationship with the surrounding law enfocement jurisdictions is so important.
Recently, the town had been victimized by a criminal that had broken into and stolen from several churches. Sgt. Bill Finch of the CPD worked tirelessly on the case following up on leads to identify a suspect. Eventually, the investigation led to a suspect that ended up in neighboring Newberry County. Finch and the Chapin PD, under the leadership of Chief Seth Zeigler, were able to enlist the assistance of three Newberry County deputies and a law enforcement officer from the SC Department of Natural Resources in apprehending two suspects on April 2nd of this year. Several thousand dollars’ worth of stolen items were recovered that were taken during the robberies.
At the meeting Tuesday night, Chief Zeigler said that it was a great team effort between municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies. Chapin Mayor David Knight gladly gave some time during the meeting so that the four officers and Finch could be recognized for their work on the case and the arrest. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster also attended the meeting to show support for the Chapin community and his highly trained deputies, as well as the DNR officer.
Each of the officers was presented with certificates of appreciation from the Chapin PD. The officers were: Lieutenant Garrett Lominack, Sergeant Rusty Fulmer, and Master Deputy Casey Rembisz, all of the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office,and Officer Ezra Arnold of the SC Department of Natural Resources. Chapin Police Chief Seth Zeigler also recognized Chapin Police Officer Bill Finch for his work on the case.