Richland County Sheriff’s Department


Sheriff Announces Arrest of David Rice Jr for 15 Counts of MV Break-Ins

During a Monday morning press conference, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of 52 year old David Rice of Columbia (DOB 9-29-1964) who is charged with 15 counts of breaking into motor vehicles, petty larceny, and financial fraud.

Sheriff's Investigators say that between February 8th and March 20th of 2017, Rice committed a string of brazen daytime car break- ins at a number of businesses along Two Notch Road.

Sheriff Lott said that Rice would break out car windows and take purses, wallets, and other items of value and then commit financial fraud.

Rice and a female accomplice have been captured on numerous surveillance cameras at stores and banks from as far away as Sumter, South Carolina.

A search of  Rice’s home yielded stolen drivers licenses, credit cards, checkbooks and some 103 purses and wallets, as well as 13 wigs that rice’s accomplice used while withdrawing funds from banks. 

The Sheriff says that Rice has an extensive criminal history dating back to prisons sentences in 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2014 for car break-ins.

Sheriff Lott says that investigators believe that Rice will be tied to more break ins, and financial thefts. 

The Sheriff also urged residents not to leave their purses, wallets and other valuables in their cars and in plain sight. 


April 10, 2017

5623 Two Notch Road 
Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
(803) 576-3000 phone (803) 576-3195 fax

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