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Suspect accused of stealing Greenville Co. deputy's badge & rifle in string of car break-ins arrested

Phillip Scott Krause, Jr. (Source: GCSO) Phillip Scott Krause, Jr. (Source: GCSO)
River Shoals (Nov. 1, 2017/FOX Carolina) River Shoals (Nov. 1, 2017/FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said a suspect has been charged in a string of break-ins in the Simpsonville area.

Deputies said the incidents occurred in the River Shoals subdivision between 10 a.m. on November 1 and 6:30 a.m. November 2. The incidents occurred on St. Johns Street, Suwannee Court and Wateree Way.

"There was glass all in the floor, all over the dash and all in the seat," said victim Autumn Brown.

Brown said she vacuumed, trying to get all the broken glass out of her new car, but even now, as she slams her door, glass falls.

She was parked on the side of the road, and she believes that's what made her an easy target.

"I had some tears come up but they were more of angry tears than sad tears,” Brown said. “I just don't understand why people do this."

Brown said this was her first time in the River Shoals neighborhood and she said she woke up early, walking out to her car at about 6:15.

“I looked over and saw the window busted out and I realized they got me good,” Brown said. “They got me for everything."

More than $2,000 worth of possessions gone, but it's the process that lies ahead that's really getting to her.

"My ID, my birth certificate, my social security card were all stolen," Brown said.

The student describes her car as her baby, she's had the 2017 Kia for just more than a month, and already there's damage because of the break in.

"From where the window fell between the door and the seat, it actually cut the siding up,” Brown said.

Sgt. Ryan Flood with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said Brown wasn't the only target, an unmarked deputy vehicle was also hit.

One of the vehicles which was broken into was the unmarked car of a Greenville County deputy. According to the sheriff's office, the deputy's bullet-proof vest, LMT M4 patrol rifle, Smith and Wesson .38 revolver, Taser and badge were stolen.

Deputies said they were also searching for a stolen 2011 Toyota Camry in connection with the case.

On Tuesday, Flood announced that Phillip Scott Krause, Jr., 34, had been arrested and charged with four counts of autobreaking, two counts of grand larceny, 3 counts of petit larceny, and two counts of financial transaction card theft.

"During the course of investigation, investigators were able to link Krause, Jr. to multiple autobreakings, including one of an unmarked Greenville County Sheriff’s Office vehicle containing numerous pieces of law enforcement equipment. Investigators have since, been able to reclaim possession of most of the Sheriff’s Office equipment, including the two stolen firearms, badge, taser, and ballistic vest. Investigators have also charged Krause, Jr., in connection with the stolen 2011 Toyota Camry."

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