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Three arrested following break-ins

Posted: October 29, 2013 5:39 p.m.
Updated: October 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Ashlynn Stamps

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Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) investigators arrested three suspects following a string of home burglaries in Lugoff’s Medfield subdivision.

According to a KCSO press release, on Oct. 23 investigators arrested Marcus Reed, 19, and Ashlynn Stamps, 17, both of Lugoff; and 21-year-old James Moak, of Elgin. Reed and Moak are both charged with three counts each of first degree burglary, one count each of second degree burglary and criminal conspiracy, and four counts each of petit larceny. Reed is also charged with obtaining goods by false pretenses for selling some of the stolen property to a Camden store. Stamps is charged with one count of receiving stolen goods.

Investigators said the trio are tied to the burglary of several Medfield subdivision homes from mid-September through late October. KCSO deputies responded to a burglary in progress on Oct. 23. According to a KCSO incident report, a caller said they saw a suspicious white hatchback-style vehicle drive through the area at a high rate of speed and then return to a nearby home. The caller reported that the vehicle backed into the driveway and said they saw two men run around to the back of the home. A short time later, the man said, he reportedly saw the two men carrying a shotgun and bag that seemed to contain other items.

Due to recent burglaries in the area, deputies went to the scene to look for the hatchback. An investigator working the burglaries identified Reed, who lives in the subdivision, as a person of interest. Immediately following the burglary call, the investigator went to Reed’s home suspecting he was involved. Shortly after arriving, the investigator saw all three suspects pull into the driveway in the white hatchback that turned out to contain several stolen firearms. According to the incident report, Stamps gave deputies consent to search the vehicle. They found a shotgun and two antique firearms.

After further investigation, deputies took all three suspects into custody. According to the press release, one of the suspects detailed their and the other suspects’ involvement in the break-ins. Deputies then took all three suspects to the Kershaw County Detention Center. According to the KCSO, Stamps has been released on bond while Moak and Reed are still being detained awaiting a bond hearing. None have a prior criminal record.

“Great work on the part of our investigator in identifying Reed as a suspect and then anticipating the suspects’ arrival at Reed’s home,” Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. “Fortunately, a considerable amount of stolen property has been recovered and is being returned to the homeowners. It is a shame that these three young people have made some very poor decisions and will have to live with the consequences of those decisions for a long time. There have been other break ins in this area and our investigation is not over yet.”


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