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KCSO investigating auto break-ins

Posted: August 9, 2018 4:38 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Photos of subjects from auto break-in incidents that occurred Tuesday night/Wednesday morning near Elgin.

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The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a recent rash of auto break-ins that have occurred in Kershaw County county.

According to KCSO officials, at least 27 vehicles have been broken into since Tuesday. KCSO deputies first responded to calls in the Elgin area in reference to auto break-ins in the Kelsney Ridge, Tall Pines, and Stratford Plantation subdivisions, where several victims reported that their vehicles had been rummaged through or that items had been taken from vehicles. Also taken during these break-ins were a black 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV bearing SC Tag number PQP 215, and a silver 2004 Mercedes Benz bearing SC Tag number DLC 489. 

The Mercedes has chrome wheels and the AMG package on it, according to KCSO officials.

While these incidents have occurred in the Lugoff and Elgin areas, KCSO officials advise all citizens to take care to secure their vehicles. In all of these incidents, unlocked vehicles were targeted. However, in the past some vehicles that were locked had their windows broken out, according to KCSO officials.


“Locked or unlocked, if a thief sees something of value in your vehicle he will gain access in whatever way he can,” KCSO Investigator Steve Knafelc said. “We have said this many times before, but we will say it once again: Do not leave items of value, or your car keys, in your vehicles. If there is nothing for them to steal, they won’t.”

Kershaw County is not the only Midlands area counties that have experienced vehicle break-ins this week. Sumter County has reported 32 vehicle break-ins, according to KCSO officials.

Anyone with any information regarding these incidents should contact the KCSO at (803) 432-1512. 



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