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Five arrested following Nov. 4 Verizon break-in

Posted: November 12, 2013 4:09 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Five people, including two 16-year-old male juveniles are charged in connection with a break-in at the Verizon store on West DeKalb Street in Camden. The arrests, detailed in a Camden Police Department (CPD) press release issued Tuesday afternoon, took place Monday, Nov. 4. The CPD issued the press release following further investigation that led to additional charges in other jurisdictions.

During the early morning hours of Nov. 4, a concerned citizen called 911 to report hearing the sound of breaking glass coming from the vicinity of the Camden Verizon store. Responding officers saw a vehicle leave the area and followed it to a wooded area on Battleship Road where the vehicle stopped and several persons fled into the woods.

CPD officers requested and received assistance from the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) bloodhound team to track the fleeing suspects. The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) provided helicopter support, using FLIR, a device capable of detecting the heat signature of a human. In addition, the Kershaw County Rescue Squad’s Water Rescue Team also searched for suspects in the Wateree River.

As a result of the combined effort -- including that of the Kershaw County E-911 Center -- the CPD captured and charged the following suspects:

• Jakhari Williams, 17, of Columbia -- second degree burglary, grand larceny and resisting arrest; bond set at $10,000.

• Rodney Robinson, 40, of Columbia -- burglary (violent, second offense), contributing to the delinquency of a minor, grand larceny, resisting arrest and driving under suspension (third offense); bond set at $62,000 cash.

• Karen Moody, 25, of Columbia -- second degree burglary, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, grand larceny; bond set at $55,000 cash.

• 16-year-old juvenile male -- second degree burglary and grand larceny; to be tried as an adult.

• 16-year-old juvenile male -- second degree burglary and grand larceny; petitioned to family court.

In addition to their bonds, Williams, Robinson and Moody are being required to wear GPS tracking units.

CPD Chief Floyd said all five suspects are being charged by the Columbia Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Department in connection with break-ins at Verizon stores in their jurisdictions.

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