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Red Mustang driver stings victims in two states
A man driving a red Ford Mustang who was wanted in a string of burglaries in Georgia and South Carolina in recent months has been arrested in Edgefield County, S.C. -- but not before seven other people also driving red Mustangs were arrested.
Authorities have been on the lookout for weeks for a burglary suspect who was driving 1994-1998 model red Mustang. Anyone driving a red Mustang of that vintage was likely to get pulled over. And if they were doing anything wrong – well, they were arrested for it.
Seven owners of red Mustangs were arrested for other charges in area counties in recent weeks, said Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile. The charges included such things as drunken driving and possession of marijuana, he said.
The man being sought in the burglaries finally was nabbed on June 3 in Edgefield County, S.C., north of Augusta. Police confiscated his red Mustang.
Robert Anthony Webber, 35, of Jennings Road in Augusta, has been charged with three counts of burglary and two counts of attempted burglary, said Cpl. Ronnie Harter of the Edgefield County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office. He said the investigation continues and more charges could be forthcoming.
Webber also is wanted for questioning about a number of burglaries in Columbia County, Ga., north of Augusta, Kile said.
In Screven County, Webber is wanted for two residential burglaries in April, where guns, jewelry and electronics were stolen, said Cpl. Brett Dickerson, spokesman for the Screven County Sheriff’s Department. The burglaries were in the Rocky Ford Road area. Doors were kicked in on the houses, Kile said.
Webber is a suspect in several other burglaries in Screven County, Kile said.
Witnesses saw a red Mustang coming from driveways in Screven County and were able to give a police artist a description of the driver, which detectives published through media outlets.
On June 3, the sheriff in Edgefield County, S.C., received a report of a suspicious vehicle in a residential area in the Sumter National Forest, near Clarks Hill Lake. The vehicle was described as a red Ford Mustang that was pulling in and out of driveways in the area.
A deputy was dispatched. He began to check driveways and soon spotted the car parked at a house. He saw a man, later identified as Webber, come from the back of the house carrying a fire safe and a jewelry box. The man fled into a wooded area behind the house.
Dogs were brought in, as well as a helicopter from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. A perimeter was established and area residents were notified that a man was on the run.
With a dog tracking team and the helicopter in pursuit, Webber went into the yard of an area resident, who held a gun on Webber until deputies arrived. He was in custody a little over an hour after the first call came in about the suspicious vehicle.