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Man charged in burglaries

Posted: September 27, 2012 7:56 p.m.
Updated: September 28, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Burglary suspect Royce Thomas Sutton


Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators have charged a Montana man in connection with a series of burglaries earlier this month.

Acting on KCSO information, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies stopped and detained Royce Thomas Sutton, 45, on Sept. 19. He is now charged by the KCSO with seven counts of burglary and three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

According to a KCSO press release, Sutton twice burglarized DeKalb Baptist Church and also burglarized Buffalo Baptist Church and Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church as well as two businesses in Kershaw County.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews later identified the businesses as a lumber company and the county’s Mt. Pisgah Recycling Center, stealing electronics and other items.

Matthews said the false pretenses against Sutton come from his pawning some of the stolen items at three different pawn shops.

Investigators said they received information about Sutton as a possible suspect from one of the church’s pastors. Further investigation resulted in the arrest warrants being issued for Sutton, who was from Montana and reportedly traveling through the area on his way to Florida.

A KCSO investigator notified the LCSO, providing them with descriptions of Sutton and his vehicle, with Montana license plates. On the afternoon of Sept. 19, a LCSO deputy spotted and stopped Sutton’s vehicle, detaining him until the KCSO investigator arrived on the scene. The KCSO investigator observed several items in Sutton’s vehicle that had been stolen during the Kershaw County burglaries.

The investigator arrested Sutton at the scene and transported him to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he remains in custody on $266,000 bond.

In the press release, KCSO investigators said a criminal records check revealed Sutton was arrested for DUI in South Dakota on Sept. 12 -- just prior to his traveling to South Carolina. They said he also has been arrested in South Dakota on other charges, as well as in Colorado and Florida on various charges including cocaine possession, DUI, grand larceny, resisting arrest, probation violations, burglary, traffic offenses, grand theft auto, harassment, failure to appear and disorderly conduct.

"Excellent investigation and cooperation between agencies made this happen," said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. "This kind of professionalism and cooperation is what the public expects from us."



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