FORT MILL — It may have been the lure of QuikTrip coffee that led to the arrest of a suspect in a burglary at Fort Mill Elementary School in which thousands of dollars of electronics were taken.
Fort Mill police were called to the school Aug. 8 after it was discovered that four Chromebooks, three iPads and a Sony video camera were missing. Later, while a school employee was looking at surveillance camera footage in what a Fort Mill Police Department report says was an “unrelated incident,” he saw someone walk empty handed into a classroom that night before and emerge with bags. Later footage showed that person, later considered a suspect, smoking a cigarette and drinking from a QuikTrip coffee cup.
The footage included a clear image of the person’s face, the report states, and that image was circulated to school staff an others. On Aug. 27, “Officers and detectives were advised by a school staff member that a man matching the description of the suspect was entering the QuikTrip convenience store, at Highway 160 and Springfield Parkway,” according to the report.
Police asked the man, identified as Steven Jon Dycus, 42, of Fort Mill, if they could search a bag he was carrying and, according to the report, Dycus consented. Police allege that inside the bag was one of the stolen iPads, according to the report.
“Upon further questioning,” the report states, “Mr. Dycus confessed to entering Fort Mill Elementary School and taking the listed items. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at the residence of Steven Dycus and all of the remaining stolen property was located and recovered.”
Dycus, who also was wanted on outstanding warrants, according to the report, was charge with second degree burglary, grand larceny and receiving stolen goods. He was taken to the York County Detention Center, where he was held in lieu of a $23,000 bond.
According to the police report, Dycus may have been able to walk into the school just by pulling on a door that night.
“There were no signs of forced entry to the school and the doors were most likely left unlocked,” the report states.