Daylong search leads to burglary suspect

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Georgetown County deputies spent most of the day Monday looking for an alleged burglary suspect and at about 11 p.m. their efforts paid off.
Eric Wade Sanders, 22 had two burglary warrants signed against him because of recent break-ins in the Pawleys Island area, according to Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson. Sanders had two outstanding warrants for Burglary in the second degree in connection to several recent burglaries in Pawleys Island.
One of his alleged crimes occurred at about 3 p.m. Monday.
According to an incident report, a man arrived at his home on Winnowing Way in Pawleys Island and saw a stranger going through his wife’s jewelry box. The man said he had been on a bike ride and when he returned he had something to eat then went into his bedroom closet to change clothes.
He said when he walked out of the closet he saw the man, believed to be Sanders, going through the jewelry box.
When the homeowner yelled at the suspect, he turned around and put his hands in the air and said “I am sorry, sir.”
The victim then reached into a desk drawer acting as if he were reaching for a gun.
He asked the suspect what he took and the suspect said he did not take anything.
That is when the suspect ran out of the house towards Kings River Road.
The victim and his dog gave chase but was unable to catch the suspect.
A photo of Sanders was shown to the victim who confirmed it was Sanders that had been in his house.
A search of the area began using bloodhounds but Sanders was not found.  Then, at about 11 p.m. deputies received word he may be at a home on Chapel Creek Road.
Deputies surrounded the home and through a glass door they could see Sanders sitting on a couch, the report states. One of the deputies knocked on the door and asked the man who answered if Sanders was inside.
The man said he did not know, according to the report.
When the man was told Sanders had been seen on the couch, he yelled for Sanders to come down the stairs.
When Sanders did not respond, deputies walked upstairs to a closed bathroom door. They ordered him to come out but he did not comply.
Sanders was then told deputies had their guns drawn, so he opened the door and obeyed orders to get on the ground.
He was searched and officers found a bag in his possession containing several bindles of heroin with residue, five syringes and a spoon. Along with the burglary charges, Sanders was charged with drug violations.

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