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One arrested, one sought in Cottageville crime

An Islandton man has been arrested for his role in a string of recent house burglaries and car thefts in the Cottageville area.
Hallie Blocker, of Islandton, was arrested on Saturday, July 1st, and charged with burglary.
He was apprehended without incident inside a residence in Walterboro, according to Capt. Thomas Herring, the department’s public information officer with the Cottageville Police Department.
Blocker’s arrest is part of a still ongoing investigation into several burglaries and petty thefts that have been occurring inside Cottageville. The incidents began on June 8th, when officers were called to a house for burglary and for the unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
“A joint operation directed by Major Lovelace consisting of officers with the Cottageville Police Department and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was able to apprehend Blocker,” said Herring, in a written statement.
A second suspect involved in this case is still wanted. This suspect is identified as David Brent Mayes, a former Cottageville resident. According to the police department’s officers, Mayes was last seen in a black Dodge Dakota pickup truck with a Kentucky state vehicle tag. He is considered armed and dangerous.
“It’s through cooperation between the Cottageville Police Department and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office that we have located and apprehended Hallie Blocker, and warrants have been issued for David Mayes,” said Cottageville Police Chief Jeffery Cook. “It’s cooperation such as this between our two agencies that benefit the people of Cottageville and Colleton County.”
Authorities are still investigating another incident that occurred in Cottageville on June 27th. In this case, a utility trailer was reported stolen. That stolen trailer has since been recovered, along with several items that were reported stolen. A person of interest, in this case, is still being sought, as the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on Mayes’ whereabouts, or anyone who has any information on other cases in Cottageville, should contact the Cottageville Police Department at 843-835-8531.

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