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Another car break-in suspect pleads guilty

Posted: November 13, 2017 5:06 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Ethan Hanselman

Ethan Kane Hanselman, 19, of Broad Street, Camden, pleaded guilty to four counts of breaking into motor vehicles and one count each of unlawful carrying of a pistol and one count of financial transaction card theft. Circuit Court Judge Deandrea G. Benjamin sentenced Hanselman to a total of five years in prison under the S.C. Youthful Offender Act, credited with 95 days time served and suspended with 18 months probation, substance abuse counseling, and random drug and alcohol testing. The sentencing information also indicated Hanselman’s case is being transferred to the state of Ohio.

The 5th Circuit Solicitor’s Office dismissed a fifth auto break-in charge against Hanselman along with third-degree burglary and possession of controlled substance charges.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Hanselman on Aug. 2 along with Marshall Marlin Minich, 17, of Sunnyhill Drive, Camden, and Thomas McNeill Rose, 18, of Sarsfield Avenue, Camden, for breaking into vehicles in a Lugoff subdivision.

According to the KCSO at the time, shortly after midnight that morning, a subdivision resident was monitoring his surveillance system when a vehicle pulled up in a neighbor’s driveway and three white males exited the vehicle. One of the suspects came up to the resident’s home and unsuccessfully attempted to enter his vehicles parked out front. At that point, the subject moved on to other residences, some of which were in view of the surveillance cameras.

The three suspects went back and forth to their car, putting items inside and, finally, driving off. Responding deputies viewed the video surveillance and sent out a description. About an hour later, a deputy located the vehicle at the Circle K on U.S. 1 in Lugoff and found Rose and Minich inside the car and Hanselman inside the store. Deputies questioned them after seeing objects in the car matching those stolen from the cars broken into in the subdivision. Hanselman also admitted to stashing a stolen pistol in a trash can inside the store.

According to the KCSO, all three men admitted to breaking into at least five vehicles and stealing items from inside them. The sheriff’s office also reported at the time that Minich had been previously arrested for DUI and possession of beer or wine by a minor; Rose for marijuana possession and breaking into an automobile; and Hanselman for public disorderly conduct.

All charges again Minich and McNeill are still pending.

Meanwhile, a defendant in a separate auto break-in case, pleaded guilty to a number of charges on Nov. 2. Allan Lashawn Ransom, 31, of Pisgah Road, Rembert, pleaded guilty to one count of breaking into motor vehicles, one count of methamphetamine distribution, two counts of possession of narcotics or Schedule I-V controlled substances, and marijuana possession. Benjamin sentenced Ransom to a total of six years in prison, suspended with 30 months probation, credited for 30 days time served and ordered to undergo substance abuse counseling and random drug and alcohol tests. Online records show county deputies arrested Ransom on Oct. 6. Those records also show there are still breach of trust and petit larceny charges pending against Ransom in connection with a separate case.

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