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SEE THE VIDEO: Martinez Bar Owner Posts Proof of Customer Stealing His Daughter’s Purse


When a customer at The Tavern on Belair stole a woman’s purse in September, the bar owner posted several videos of the crime on his Facebook page.

“Look at Andrew Lee Taylor stealing my daughter’s purse tonight,” the owner said.

A second video says, “Here is Andrew Lee Taylor running out the front door after stealing my daughter’s purse.”

The videos were shared over 175 times with a long list of comments.  On Tuesday, Taylor was finally charged with theft by taking in the Martinez case.

According to a sheriff’s report, the theft happened just before 1 a.m. September 25 at the bar on Belair Road. The owner’s daughter, a 21-year-old woman, said she left her purse at the bar while she cleaned up and took the trash out.

When she was leaving around 2 am, she noticed that her purse was missing. She was able to look back on the cameras and identified Taylor as the subject who took it, a sheriff’s report says.

A woman that was sitting with the male provided the man’s name and phone number. A deputy searched through law enforcement databases and matched the information and photos with Andrew Taylor.

A warrant was issued and finally served this week.

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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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