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Two arrested following home burglary

Posted: November 5, 2015 6:31 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Westley Mathis

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested two men Tuesday not long after the men allegedly burglarized a home on Hunt Road in Lugoff.

According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested Westley Mathis, 25, of East Ridge Road, Lugoff, and Tyler Griham, 24, of Highway Church Road, Elgin.

Deputies charged Mathis, whom they arrested within two hours of the burglary, with first degree burglary and possession of Schedule IV controlled substances. Griham, arrested later, is charged with receiving stolen goods more than $2,000 in value.

According to the press release, deputies were dispatched to the Hunt Road residence after the homeowner discovered it had been burglarized and a TV and two computers had been stolen. The owner had an interior surveillance system set up which enabled investigators to identify Mathis as the burglary suspect. Deputies went to the home where Mathis was staying and arrested him. During the arrest, they found a quantity of Xanax pills for which he did not have a prescription.

Further investigation revealed Griham had participated in the crime. Deputies arrested him Wednesday afternoon on Ft. Jackson Road while he was in possession of the computers and TV.

Deputies transported both men to the Kershaw County Detention Center where bond was set Thursday morning. According to online jail records, a judge set a total of $12,500 bond for Mathis who was still listed as being in jail on Thursday afternoon. The jail’s website did not list Griham as being detained and the Kershaw County court’s online records did not list the current charges against him and, therefore, nothing regarding any bond.

However, according to the KCSO, Griham has previously been arrested for strong armed robbery, five counts of armed robbery with a deadly weapon, public disorderly conduct, property damage to obtain metal, financial transaction fraud, multiple DUIs, possession of controlled substances, receiving stolen goods, driving under suspension, open container, driving without a license and child endangerment.

The KCSO said Mathis has no previous arrest record.

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