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Deputies Arrest Man for Breaking Into Home

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Thursday, March 14 arrested an 18-year-old Aiken man on charges that the man broke into a home on Cheryse Drive near Lexington and stole a gun safe that contained several firearms, several cellular telephones and other items.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives obtained arrest warrants for David Lougene Williams, Jr., 18, of 27 Kenya Drive, Aiken, on charges of first-degree burglary, grand larceny and safecracking. Williams was being held on Friday, March 15 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Arrest warrants allege that between 12 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. on Thursday Williams unlawfully entered a home on Cheryse Drive without the victim’s consent and with the intent to steal items from the home, Metts said. Williams forcibly removed a gun safe that was secured to a closet wall in the victim’s bedroom. The victim stored two 12-gauge shotguns, several handguns, one iPhone4 cellular telephone, three additional cellular telephones, cash and coins in the safe.

While armed with one 12-gauge shotgun that Williams stole from the home, Williams used a hand cart to transport the gun safe away from the Cheryse Drive home, Metts said. A citizen saw Williams trespassing on property at the citizen’s home on Calks Ferry Road, detained Williams and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies arrived at the Calks Ferry Road home at about 12:58 p.m. on Thursday, placed Williams in investigative detention and later arrested Williams, Metts said.

Deputies recovered the gun safe that was stolen from the Cheryse Drive home, the hand cart and one backpack, which contained tools, in woods near the Calks Ferry Road home. Detectives later determined that Williams had tried to forcibly open the gun safe, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Williams to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (


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