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For over 150 years, the Sumter Police Department has been serving the citizens of Sumter, South Carolina on the solid foundation of public trust and safety. Sumter PD officers serve a 40,000-strong town and are committed to treating all in our vibrant community fairly and with respect. We are a CALEA accredited agency and maintain their gold standard of serving and protecting our communities.

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DRIVER ALERT: Wedgefield Road from Lynam to Wildwood is closed to traffic as crews repair a water main break. ... See MoreSee Less
DRIVER ALERT: Wedgefield Road from Lynam to Wildwood is closed to traffic as crews repair a water main break.

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Is it still closed at 8 a.m.?

Sherika Delay

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Police charge HVAC unit thieves
SUMTER, SC (Dec. 1, 2021) – Three men are in jail in connection to stealing and attempting to steal air conditioning units from local businesses.

Officers responded to a Broad Street business where an HVAC unit was taken. Three unidentified men were captured on video surveillance on Nov. 14 at the time of the theft.

On Nov. 19, officers responded to a business where three more HVAC units were removed but were left behind.

Through help from the public, police were able to identify the three suspects involved in both incidents and place them in custody.

Joshua Aaron Avin, 32, Frank Richard Green, 42, and Adam Nicholas Lyles, 49, all of Lawton Circle, are each charged with two counts each of grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and criminal conspiracy.

They are being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.

Officers want to remind business owners and residents that the holidays is prime season for potential thieves to look for opportunities, no matter how big or small.

 Make sure your security systems are working properly and maintain adequate lighting during all hours.

 Having adequate lighting inside and outside of your home and business can also act as a deterrent to mischief. In addition, trim trees and bushes to eliminate hiding spots.

 Regularly check outdoor equipment and storage areas. Maintain records of items and their serial numbers. When possible, mark or engrave your belongings so that it can be easily identified.

 Stay alert. Pay attention to persons or vehicles that are acting out of the ordinary and notify law enforcement.

 Use a buddy system when closing or leaving to make deposits or other transactions.

For assistance or more information, the Sumter Police Department can be reached at 803-436-2700. Always dial 911 in an emergency.


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Police charge HVAC unit thieves 
 SUMTER, SC (Dec. 1, 2021) – Three men are in jail in connection to stealing and attempting to steal air conditioning units from local businesses. 
 
Officers responded to a Broad Street business where an HVAC unit was taken. Three unidentified men were captured on video surveillance on Nov. 14 at the time of the theft. 
 
On Nov. 19, officers responded to a business where three more HVAC units were removed but were left behind. 
 
Through help from the public, police were able to identify the three suspects involved in both incidents and place them in custody. 
 
Joshua Aaron Avin, 32, Frank Richard Green, 42, and Adam Nicholas Lyles, 49, all of Lawton Circle, are each charged with two counts each of grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and criminal conspiracy. 
 
They are being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. 
 
Officers want to remind business owners and residents that the holidays is prime season for potential thieves to look for opportunities, no matter how big or small. 
 
 Make sure your security systems are working properly and maintain adequate lighting during all hours. 
 
 Having adequate lighting inside and outside of your home and business can also act as a deterrent to mischief. In addition, trim trees and bushes to eliminate hiding spots. 
 
 Regularly check outdoor equipment and storage areas. Maintain records of items and their serial numbers. When possible, mark or engrave your belongings so that it can be easily identified. 
 
 Stay alert. Pay attention to persons or vehicles that are acting out of the ordinary and notify law enforcement. 
 
 Use a buddy system when closing or leaving to make deposits or other transactions.  
 
For assistance or more information, the Sumter Police Department can be reached at 803-436-2700. Always dial 911 in an emergency. 
 
 
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Thanks for keeping our streets free and clear of the thugs.

Stop making air conditioner jokes. I’m not a fan. 😂🤣💀

Great job Sumter county. Keep these thugs off the streets!

What in the 15 South 😭

Love to see that during the time of my 22nd birthday my own father is getting arrested. Glad he’s not in my life. Maybe now something in his head will click.

Looks like they should have played in Home Alone..

If trailer park boys was in Sumter…

These three guys look like they were born being on probation

Who 32?!

Glad they caught them. Now its up to the judge to do his duty

Way to stop those thugs👌

thanks for keeping our streets safe

Dude look like Aaron Rodgers.

Are they guilty or presumably guilty I love how law enforcement posts people before court. It should be against the law to do so it impedes a fair trial wouldn't it?I see this alot with fb,sumter county, and clarendon county.

Three units removed but they didn’t take them? If you’re gonna be a thief at least be good at it😭😭😭

That one guy is the one that was sleep in the chair at atlas transmission with the meth bowl in his hand I guess they finally closed so they went from mechanic to hvac thieves

Free-on! 🤣🤣

Damn Josh served in the military an F'ed up then got out an been F ing up ever since . Dude really you gonna learn the hard way one day . I'm surprised he was even out with his long rap sheet not just from here but also out of state . Wonder if he was still with his wife an daughter . Boi you need to grow up an be a damn man an not a thief . One day you gonna meet your maker an it will be to late . Depending on there record an how the arrest went an there actions in jail an in the courts is all gonna count on there decision . An well that long rap sheet is gonna hurt looks like 5 to 10 unless one snitches.

Ah, Frank and Adam. The years have not been kind...or the drugs...either way...

That Frank Green looks familiar? I’ve seen him somewhere around town before maybe at a restaurant?

What a shame..damn hoodrats

Drugs!!!

F.s.c.p

Doesn’t suprise me!

Busted!!! 🤣

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On a week like this one when temperatures are more spring like than what you would expect in December, the chance of winter weather is probably not on your radar.
But those of you who've experienced South Carolina weather know it's not a rarity to have temperatures near 80 degrees one day and have snow the next.
That's why it's important to stay #WeatherReady.
This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week.
This link, www.weather.gov/safety/winter, has information in (English and en Espanol) you need to know should our area experience a winter weather event.
Stay informed, get prepared and make sure those you know and love, young and much older, have what they need.
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On a week like this one when temperatures are more spring like than what you would expect in December, the chance of winter weather is probably not on your radar.
But those of you whove experienced South Carolina weather know its not a rarity to have temperatures near 80 degrees one day and have snow the next.
Thats why its important to stay #WeatherReady. 
This is Winter Weather Preparedness Week.
This link, https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter, has information in (English and en Espanol) you need to know should our area experience a winter weather event.
Stay informed, get prepared and make sure those you know and love, young and much older, have what they need.
GAME DAY: Plan ahead and rival safely.
If you're going to be out and planning to drink, arrange for a driver who won't indulge in a spirited beverage.
And, don't forget that it's a game. Keep tempers and unsportsmanlike exuberance in check. Know when to say when and mitigate uncomfortable situations that could flare up.
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GAME DAY: Plan ahead and rival safely.
If youre going to be out and planning to drink, arrange for a driver who wont indulge in a spirited beverage. 
And, dont forget that its a game. Keep tempers and unsportsmanlike exuberance in check. Know when to say when and mitigate uncomfortable situations that could flare up.
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CALEA Accredited

Being a Police Officer in a CALEA Accredited Department means you belong to an agency that is committed to following best practice standards developed by federal, state, and local law enforcement executives through comprehensive research. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

SPECIFICALLY, CALEA’S GOALS ARE TO:

  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  • Formalize essential management procedures
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • Improve service delivery
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency