FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2012
TRESPASSING CHARGES ADDED FOLLOWING THEFT ARREST
(Columbia, SC) Forestry Commission law enforcement officers have served a few more warrants on an individual already incarcerated at Richland Countyís Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
Don Antwain Wright (DOB: 8/4/1992), of Columbia, is now charged with four counts of breaking forest rules and regulations (trespassing) related to a series of vehicle break-ins at the Commissionís Harbison State Forest on Broad River Road. The B&E charges were filed by the Richland County Sheriffís Department.
South Carolina Forestry Commission personnel served the suspect in jail as he is currently staying there on unrelated weapons charges.
Mr. Wright made the wrong decision when he traveled down the long gravel road of Harbison State Forest several times in early September to prey on the cars and trucks located in an inner-forest parking lot.
Harbison is a popular recreational destination for many who work and live in Columbia and the midlands.
Wright was already breaking the law the moment he passed the office and the fee boxes, where he would have been required to pay a parking fee or obtain a State Forest Use Permit.
Among the vehicles targeted were three trucks and a car. From them were stolen several specialty tools, a tool box, clothes, shoes, IPods, mountain biking gear, backpacks, and purses.
Additionally, Wright happened to steal the cell phone and wallet belonging to the spouse of a Columbia-area federal agent.
At 2,135 acres in size and just nine miles from downtown Columbia, Harbisonís unique urban location makes it one of the largest public green spaces inside the city limits of a metropolitan area in the Eastern U.S. Itís popular with mountain bikers, hikers, picnickers, and families looking for a fun, safe day in the forest.
And itís routinely patrolled not only by Forestry Commission officers, but also by those with the City of Columbia, and deputies with Richland County.
The Forestry Commission and its cooperating agencies take public safety and security very seriously and will enforce all laws on this forestland aggressively.
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For more information, call Scott Hawkins at (803) 896-8820 or by email.
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