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911 dispatcher charged with theft of a radio

Donovan Ridel Jacobs


     Felony charges have been filed against a Columbus County 911 dispatcher, accused of stealing a portable public safety radio and “arranging to trade the radio for an iPhone 7.”

     Donovan Ridel Jacobs, 32, of Freeman Road in Bolton, was arrested Sunday, the same day the sheriff’s office was notified of the radio theft, Sheriff Lewis Hatcher and Columbus County Emergency Services said in a Monday news release.

     Charged with felony counts of larceny by employee and obtaining property by false pretense, Jacobs was released on an unsecured $50,000 bond.

     Investigators determined that Jacobs alone was responsible for the theft, the news release said, and as an Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) Telecommunicator he had access to a storage area where public safety radios are kept.

     The stolen radio was recovered, the news release said.

     Look for more on this story in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

     Note: Earlier error in the bond amount has been corrected.