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Attempted pressure-washer theft goes awry in a hurry

Apr 1, 2011 7:52:00 AM - thestate.com
An attempt to steal a pressure washer from a St. Helena Island resident ended with the alleged culprit's passenger being held at gunpoint by the homeowner and the pressure washer falling out of the vehicle as the suspect drove away.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is looking for Sherman Myers, 41, of St. Helena, who is accused in an attempted robbery Wednesday at a home on Vaux Road.

Deputies arrived at about 1:30 p.m. to find the homeowner holding a female suspect at gunpoint, said a sheriff's news release Thursday.

The homeowner saw an unfamiliar SUV parked in front of his home and a man loading a pressure washer from the garage into the vehicle, which had a female passenger, according to the release. The homeowner grabbed a shotgun and confronted them.

The woman got out of the SUV. The man jumped in and drove off, and the pressure washer fell out, the release said.