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Burke Burglars Who Shot Victim’s Dog Caught With 14 Guns


Six people have been arrested following a week-old home invasion in Burke County in which the suspects shot the family pet and stole a large amount of guns, jewelry and clothing.

Eric Duane Pete Jr., of Keysville, Jayden Christian Scott, 19, of Waynesboro, Jaquan Habersham, 18, of Waynesboro, Ryheem Rollins, 22, of Augusta, and two juveniles have been arrested, according to a press release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

The burglary happened around 8:15 p.m. Nov. 30 on Winter Road near Hephzibah in the rural part of Burke County. The suspects allegedly kicked in the side door of the home, shot the dog inside in the neck and ransacked the home. The dog survived, authorities said.

When they were identified and arrested, the suspects were found with 14 firearms. The suspects were charged with burglary, aggravated cruelty to animals and four counts of theft of firearms.

“This arrest reflects the agency’s commitment to ensuring the community’s safety and well- being,” a BCSO press release said. “We applaud our deputies and Criminal Investigators in their efforts to apprehend these suspects without incident and help keep Burke County residents safe from gun violence.”

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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