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Three arrested following string of auto break-ins

Posted: March 21, 2013 5:16 p.m.
Updated: March 22, 2013 5:00 a.m.


The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) arrested three teenagers Thursday in connection with a string of automobile break-ins in the Lugoff and Elgin areas.

According to a KCSO press release, Neco Dyland Barnes, 19, of Camden; Kristian Cole Ariail, 18, who recently moved to Camden from Myrtle Beach; and Matthew Chandler Waltz, 19, of Lugoff, are accused of breaking into 15 vehicles and stealing guns, laptop computers, money, cell phones, iPads, iPhones, GPS devices and other personal items since the beginning of March.

Deputies responded to a possible home break-in on Pine Crest Drive in Lugoff. They found Barnes, Ariail and Waltz at the residence and discovered a large number of items. Investigators also responded to the scene and quickly determined the items had been stolen. After completing an inventory, investigators ran serial numbers through break-in incident reports and were able to match many of the items to specific incidents.

“The key to solving these break-ins was having the serial numbers,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “Fortunately, some of the victims had recorded them and were able to provide those numbers to law enforcement after the items had been stolen.”

Investigators interviewed the three suspects, who described their involvement in the auto break-ins. Investigators then obtained arrest warrants and placed all three in the Kershaw County Detention Center. A magistrate judge set bond at $100,000 each.

The sheriff said Barnes, Ariail and Waltz are each being charged with numerous counts of breaking into motor vehicles and receiving stolen goods valued at more than $2,000 but less than $10,000.

“Now that they are in jail, these three young men seem to be remorseful. It is unfortunate that they didn’t think about the consequences of their actions before they committed these crimes,” Matthews said.


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