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Suspect charged in string of Elgin robberies

Posted: December 7, 2010 3:38 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 2010 5:00 a.m.

A 17-year-old Elgin man was arrested Dec. 1 and charged with multiple counts of burglary, larceny and robbery.

Charles Harold Perrine, of Cherokee Boulevard, was arrested following a joint investigation by the Elgin Police Department (EPD), Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and Richland County Sheriff’s Department, according to a press release issued by EPD Chief Harold Brown.

Brown said the EPD has charged Perrine in connection with the strong armed robbery at the Elgin House of Pizza; and burglaries and larcenies at Bojangles, Elgin IGA, China Wok, Ronnie’s Ribs and Country Charm Yogurt Shop.

According to KCSO records, Dec. 1 marked at least the third time Perrine has been arrested this year. In January, he was arrested for allegedly stealing money from his grandfather. In February, he was accused but not arrested in connection with several thefts of items belonging to his grandfather.

After apparently being arrested at some point, the KCSO listed Perrine in an October report accusing him of taking his grandfather’s van and stealing and using his grandfather’s credit card. The report noted he had already been arrested on some other charge.

In a Nov. 20 report, the KCSO alleged that Perrine kicked in a door to his grandfather’s house and stole numerous items including a shotgun and stole a 1995 Ford Escort and 1998 Ford Ranger.

Things apparently came to a head Nov. 30 when Perrine allegedly broke into the TookieDoo QuickShop on Cherokee Boulevard. He apparently drove a vehicle stolen out of Sumter to the store where he allegedly stole money from the cash register and a tip jar.

Tracking dogs were called to the scene but shifted to another area after the white 2004 Chevrolet Suburban was spotted traveling on Bowen Street toward Cherokee Boulevard. Perrine was believed to be driving.

A deputy activated blue lights and initiated a traffic stop, but the Suburban increased speed, crossing Cherokee Boulevard and on to Robin Hood Road. The deputy activated his siren as the Suburban continued to increase speed.

Richland County was notified as the chase moved into their jurisdiction.

The chase continued in Richland County on Robin Hood and Kelly Mill roads, Stallion Drive, Bombing Range and Gibbs Road where the suspect, presumably Perrine, began driving “very erratically, disobeying several traffic signs and breaking several traffic laws trying to lose (the) deputy.”

The deputy lost sight of the Suburban after turning on to Big John Road and going around a curve. By the time the deputy caught up to the vehicle at Big John and Robin Hood roads, it was pulled off to the side of the road with its lights off and no one inside.

Kershaw and Richland deputies began to patrol the area and the tracking team brought to the area. While they were searching, deputies learned the Suburban had been stolen from a church in Sumter. Sumter authorities said the church had also been broken in to.

KCSO investigator Steve Knafelc said Perrine later turned himself in to authorities. As of Monday morning he was being held in a maximum security cell at the Kershaw County Detention Center.

Knafelc said Perrine is being charged by the KCSO with grand larceny for a Nov. 12 incident at the Cherokee QuickStop. Perrine allegedly walked into the store with a T-shirt over his head, grabbing the cash register and running out of the store. He is also being charged with burglarizing the same store on Nov. 15 and Nov. 18.

“And we are charging his girlfriend from Irmo for helping him rip the front door to the store both times,” said Knafelc. “He wrapped a chain around the door handles, attached them to her car and she drove the car pulling the door down.”

Knafelc said Perrine and the girl are also facing unspecified charges out of Lexington County and that Sumter County will be charging Perrine for breaking into the church there and stealing the church’s van. He said the KCSO is charging Perrine with burglary and larceny in connection with the Nov. 30 TookieDoo incident and in connection with a Nov. 8 incident at the Elgin Quick Lube.

“We also understand Richland County is charging him and his girlfriend with grand larceny for a robbery at the Waffle House on Clemson Road at I-20,” said Knafelc. “He has admitted to everything.”

Knafelc said Perrine would face significant jail time if convicted on all the charges he faces.

“Just on other outstanding bench warrants alone, he would be looking at a total of a year in jail,” Knafelc said.

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