Burglary Investigations

By February 3, 2021Press Releases

Columbia Police Department (CPD) officers have active arrest warrants for a 52-year-old man wanted in connection with a burglary case.

Clarence Sims is accused of breaking into a Saluda Avenue home on January 27, 2021 and stealing a prescription bottle. The resident was home at the time of the burglary, found Sims in his bedroom, then chased the suspect out of the house with a baseball bat. No injuries were reported.

Once located, Sims will be charged with  Burglary – First Degree and Petit Larceny. Sims was released from jail on December 22, 2020 after a conviction in a 2018 burglary and grand larceny investigation. If you know Sims’s whereabouts, you’re encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

In a separate burglary case, 19-year-old Elizah Dreher was charged today and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC) on Burglary – First Degree and Assault and Battery First Degree charges.

Dreher is accused of breaking into a Magrath Street home on January 21, 2021.  The male victim tried to detain Dreher until CPD officers arrived on scene and was assaulted but wasn’t seriously injured.

In another case on the same day, 22-year-old Nicholas Dew allegedly broke into Hand Middle School on Wheat Street. Shortly after the crime, Dew was found by K-9 officers near the crime scene. Dew was charged with Burglary – Second Degree and Malicious Injury to Real Property.

38-year-old Abrian Brown was arrested last weekend and charged with Burglary – Second Degree after allegedly breaking into the Fairfield Road Family Dollar and stealing soap.


Another CPD suspect, 30-year-old Antonio Davis was arrested on January 19, 2021 for an unrelated burglary case in Colleton County. In the CPD case, Davis allegedly used a torch to break into the door frame at Columbiana Mall. Once inside, Davis is further accused of stealing a large quantity of costume jewelry from a kiosk. Davis is charged with Burglary – Second Degree, Grand Larceny, Arson – Second Degree and Possession of Burglary Tools.

We have included safety tips to help you avoid a home burglary:


CPD officers can visit your business to offer commercial burglary prevention tips. (COVID-19 safety measures will be acknowledged.)