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KCSO arrests four CMA students for burglary

Posted: July 11, 2014 3:31 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested four summer school students at Camden Military Academy (CMA) early Thursday after allegedly breaking into a nearby convenience store. A KCSO press release said deputies responded to an alarm activation at the store on U.S. 1 and found glass had been broken from a front door and that the store had apparently been entered.

The KCSO bloodhound tracking team responded to the scene and a store manager arrived. Viewing video surveillance footage, deputies saw that two suspects had entered the store and stolen beer and cigarettes. A third suspect was recorded waiting outside. The video showed the suspects fleeing on foot northbound on U.S. 1, the press release said.

The bloodhounds began following a scent trail that led to a barracks at CMA. A CMA security officer met deputies, telling them he had found an 18-pack of beer behind an air conditioning unit at the rear of the barracks just before they arrived. Using the bloodhounds, deputies discovered the boys had exited and entered the barracks through a window.

Deputies also determined the same four suspects had allegedly been involved in a break-in at another store the previous night. The press release said one of the suspects led deputies to different locations where the boys had stashed the “hoodies” they had worn during the break-in and the stolen property.

CMA staff contacted the parents of the four juvenile boys. The school expelled all four students and turned them over to their parents. The KCSO plans to petition them before Kershaw County Family Court and charged with second degree burglary.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the case shows the value of the bloodhound team.

“This is just another example of the outstanding work done by our bloodhound tracking team. They have had great success in tracking and apprehending suspects in all types of crimes, as well as finding missing persons,” Matthews said. “The handlers spend lots of time working with and training these bloodhounds and all of this effort pays off on a regular basis. Kershaw County is very fortunate to have them.”

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