Florence County deputies are asking for the community's help in finding a man who burglarized the Timmonsville Town Hall. Stolen from the property were several handguns and Tasers. Though no one has come forward with information on the suspect, police claim surveillance footage from the Timmonsville Town Hall has given them a description of the suspect including gender, race and clothing. Burglary is a serious criminal charge, and anyone accused of this crime may face severe consequences if convicted.
South Carolina's criminal law regarding burglary is strict. The penalties for burglary, which occurs when one enters a dwelling without consent and with the intent to commit a crime, vary depending on which degree an individual is convicted. First degree burglary can be found if the entering of the dwelling occurred at night, or, alternatively, if one of several other factors are found. A conviction for this offense constitutes a felony and can carry a life sentence. At best, an individual convicted of first degree burglary will face 15 years in prison.