Lake Murray, SC (Paul Kirby) – An unspecified item of value was stolen midday Tuesday after two people met to conclude a private purchase they had arranged. According to Michell Proffitt, spokesperson for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, once the two met to exchange the item, the buyer didn’t pay but instead stole what he wanted and fled without paying. This theft occurred on Brady Porth Circle on the banks of Lake Murray north of Lexington. This is within a few hundred yards of the Lake Murray Law Enforcement Substation at Bundrick Island.
Law enforcement agencies across the area were asked to be on the lookout for an armed thief. That BOLO did not specify what type of weapon might have been involved. Profit did not release a description of that person but did say that the detectives were continuing with their investigation.
There is an internet exchange zone that is under constant video surveillance at the Lexington Police Department on Maiden Lane. Most police departments have these zones set up. They normally have signs that that let participants know their activity is being videoed. Whether you arrange a sale online or by some other means, you can use these heavily trafficked, well-lit areas to dissuade this type of criminal activity. The presence of police cars in the same parking lot is itself a deterrent. It is not recommended that you ask someone to meet you at your home or business to conclude a sale.
If you have any knowledge of who might have committed this crime, please contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME SC. They can also be reached on-line at midlandscrimestoppers.com.