DARLINGTON - Officers are investigating an early morning burglary at U.S. Cellular, Saturday, Sept. 17. We are releasing two short videos of the offenders in this matter with hope the public can help us identify them. (RJ note: the videos will be posted on the Republican Journal Facebook page) In the video, you will see, two men (African-Americans) gain entry into the store by throwing rocks through the glass. During the very brief time period they were in the store, they managed to steal $27,711 worth of iPhones. The timing of this incident was seconds after a 911 call was placed to dispatchers reporting an attack and rape in progress in a cemetery in Darlington. The attack was unfounded and it is now believed the 911 call was fake and intended to divert resources so the burglary could be perpetrated. The matter remains under investigation.
If anyone has information about this case they asked to call the Darlington Police Department at 608-776-4983. They may also call anonymously at 800-606-TIPS. Callers are eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture of these offenders.