Thursday, April 03, 2008

Horry County, SC police arrest one of its own

Horry County, South Carolina police arrested one of its own Wednesday following an investigation into a burglary of a Conway business reported to police on March 31.

Horry County police department's criminal investigation division arrested 38-year-old Thomas Jefferson Chestnut, a three year veteran of the department, according to a release from the department.

Investigators charged Chestnut with second-degree burglary and misconduct in office after investigators took a report of the theft from a Conway woman.

According to the arrest warrant, investigators said Chestnut took a Dell laptop, Dell desk monitor, and a Nikon digital camera; all totaling $1,700 from a business on Lenox Drive in Conway.

According to the report, the officer reported there was no forced-entry into the business, but that within hours of the thefts, police said Chestnut used the computer from his home.

Police said investigators tracked the computer back to Chestnut's residence by the computer's electronic signature.

Investigators reported finding the stolen items inside Chestnut's home when police searched his home.

County police arrested Chestnut at his home on Nancy Lane Wednesday.

Investigators served Chestnut with the arrest warrants Thursday at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

No bond hearing is set as of this posting.