Landrum police chief warns residents after home invasion

Published 6:37 pm Thursday, March 10, 2011

Following a home invasion last weekend, Landrum Police Chief Bruce Shelnut warned residents this week to call the police if someone suspicious is on your property.
Landrum City Council heard from Shelnut at a council meeting Tuesday, March 8.
Shelnut said because of the current economy, people are becoming desperate and are coming onto people’s property asking for money. Businesses are also having people come in offering to do handyman services for money.
“If somebody comes in your yard to bum money, that’s not normal,” Shelnut said. “Go in the house and call 911 and let us come see what’s going on.”
He also said if anyone comes into a business that the owner doesn’t feel comfortable with, the owner should call 911 and an officer will come and check them out. Shelnut reminded people that anyone selling something door to door needs a business license.  Shelnut also said the city does not normally give business licenses to door-to-door salesmen.
“Times are getting tough and people are looking for anything they can to make a dime,” said Shelnut.
On Saturday, March 5 a Landrum resident in the 100 block of S. Edgewood Avenue experienced a home invasion, according to police reports. The female involved in the home invasion was described as white and between the ages of 16 and 25 years of age.
Anyone who recognizes the female in the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) artist’s sketch shown here is urged to call the Landrum Police Department at 864-457-7281.

SLED artist’s sketch of the suspect in a home invasion in Landrum on Saturday, March 5.

No details have been given on how the home invasion occurred.
Although no arrests had been made as of press time yesterday, Shelnut said his officers are working hard on the investigation and he is hoping an arrest can be made by the end of this week.
If you have information regarding the case, please call the Landrum Police Department at 864-457-7281 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

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