Beaufort County man charged with damaging former manufacturing plant during burglary

A Beaufort County man has been charged with extensively damaging a former manufacturing plant during a burglary after DNA led to his arrest.

Rodney Gadson, 49, of Yemassee, was in court Wednesday to face charges of grand larceny, third-degree burglary, and malicious injury to personal property valued over $10,000.

Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus set bond on the Flora Drive man at $50,000 for the three charges.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigator Riley Godwin told the court DNA evidence led the investigation to Gadson, who was named in April 13 warrants obtained for a 2015 burglary.

Maintenance crews called the OCSO on Sept. 15 after discovering someone had forced entry into the former Utica Tools facility on Cameron Road.

According to warrants, damage to the wiring, lighting, and facility in general came to an estimated $50,000 to repair.

Gadson is facing similar charges in Hampton, S.C.

Inv. Riley Godwin is leading the investigation.

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