Burglars damage both Columbia Powersports stores

Publish Date: 
Oct 21, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Friday was not a good day for Columbia Powersports, as both of the dealer’s stores were broken into, and one was the site of a standoff with deputies.

Richland County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a burglary suspect who ran over his accomplice and then tried to run over them. Police spotted the robbers trying to break into the Two Notch road store around 3:30 a.m. Oct. 18.

Deputies patrolling the area said they saw two men trying to break into the dealership. As they approached the men to question them, the deputies said one suspect tried to drive off in a truck and, in the process, ran over the other suspect. He then drove toward them, hitting a patrol car. They responded by firing shots at the truck and hitting the suspect, according to Cola Daily.

The injured suspect drove about a mile before crashing into a building near Columbia Place Mall. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Richland County Coroner’s Office. The alleged accomplice was hospitalized in critical condition.

Dealer principal Wayne Wilkes told WIS that burglars had hit both of his dealerships among other businesses in the area in a weeklong spree. "We were aware that there was a group that was hitting dealerships," he told the TV station, adding that he had beefed up security.

"They did it the third night in the row and actually hit both our stores within an hour and a half," he said. "They actually backed into the showroom walls and just knocked them in."

Wilkes was able to open the Two Notch road store for the rest of the day.

Posted by Holly Wagner