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KCSO charges three in auto break-ins, thefts

Posted: August 16, 2018 4:33 p.m.
Updated: August 17, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) is among multiple agencies charging two men and a juvenile with dozens of automobile break-ins and thefts throughout the state. In Kershaw County, the trio is suspected of being involved in a total of 33 vehicle break-ins and the theft of two vehicles.

According to a KCSO press release, after responding to these cases on Aug. 7 and 9, KCSO investigators learned that several other counties had been hit with similar motor vehicle break-ins and began working alongside other investigators. Other agencies involved in the case are the Columbia Police Department (ColaPD), Lexington County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD), Rock Hill Police Department, Sumter Police Department and the Midlands Gang Task Force.

Investigators obtained forensic evidence from the scene of several of the break-ins which helped identify one subject, Sir Joe La’Taludean Elijha Walker, 18, of Todd Branch Drive, Columbia. After identifying Walker, KCSO investigators contacted the LCSD’s gang unit who provided an address in Columbia where Walker might be staying. Acting on this information, ColaPD officers went to that address, located Walker, who was sitting in a vehicle stolen out of Richland County, and took him into custody. According to the KCSO, Walker has previously been arrested for grand larceny, second- and third-degree burglary, breaking into motor vehicles and damaging or tampering with a motor vehicle. He is a documented Blood gang member, according to the KCSO.

On Aug. 11, Rock Hill officers arrested a juvenile male. The KCSO declined to identify the juvenile due to his age, but did not state the juvenile’s age in the press release. Rock Hill officers found the juvenile driving a vehicle stolen from Kershaw County, only to have him flee on foot during a traffic stop. He was quickly apprehended. Investigators determined that he was also involved in the vehicle break-ins in Kershaw County.

On Aug. 13, 2018, LCSD deputies arrested William Cornelius Moore-Holley, 17, of Willow Oak Drive, Columbia, after he was found in a car stolen out of York County. KCSO investigators, through forensic and source information, were able to identify Moore-Holley as being responsible for 33 vehicle break-ins and the theft of two motor vehicles in Kershaw County. He is being held in Lexington on charges in that jurisdiction.

According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews all of these young men are wanted on dozens of charges of vehicle theft and break-ins in multiple jurisdictions.

“Excellent coordination and cooperation between agencies has resulted in these arrests,” Matthews said in the press release. “That is the way we are supposed to work.”

The KCSO is charging each of these individuals with the 33 vehicle break-ins and the two motor vehicle thefts.

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