BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Deputies conducted Operation Bait Bike in the College Park area due to a recent increase in criminal activity.
Deputies deployed a bait bicycle in a public area where there have been complaints related to theft, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.
Authorities observed an individual later identified as 35-year-old Christopher Matthew Shope, pull up on a bicycle and grab the bait bicycle. Shope was taken into custody as he was pulling into a residence where deputies received numerous drug complaints.
Shope was charged with Larceny of a Bicycle.
Deputies deployed the bait bicycle in a different area. While deploying the bicycle, a plainclothes deputy observed shoplifting in progress which turned into a disturbance. According to officials, after a brief struggle, the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old Jacob Kennedy, was taken into custody by the deputy and cover officers.
While he was being placed into a patrol vehicle he kicked the vehicle, causing damage to a Berkeley County vehicle. Kennedy was charged with Shoplifting, Malicious Injury to Property and Evading Arrest.