COLUMBIA (WACH) ?? Lexington County Sheriff??s Department detectives charged three teen-age boys with breaking into one garage that is attached to a home and breaking into six motor vehicles in the Coldstream subdivision near Irmo during a winter storm on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.
Deputies identified the three boys, ages 16 and 14, by following trails of footprints that the three boys in left in snow.
Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives on Thursday, January 30 served arrest warrants on Jordan Anthony Gilmore, 16, of Cainbrook Drive and Cameron Ross, 16, of Beachwood Lane of Columbia. Gilmore and Ross were charged as adults with one count of first-degree burglary and six counts of breaking into a motor vehicle.
Gilmore and Ross were being held on Friday, January 31 at a pre-trial detention facility that the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice operates off Broad River Road in Columbia.
Detectives on Thursday also recommended that the 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor??s Office prosecute a 14-year-old Columbia boy in family court in Lexington on one count of first degree burglary and six counts of breaking into a motor vehicle, Metts said.
Ross and the 14-year-old entered a garage attached to a home on Wycombe Road with the intent to break into a motor vehicle that was parked inside the garage.
The warrant also alleges that on Wednesday, Gilmore, Ross and the 14-year old unlawfully entered a motor vehicle that was sparked outside of another home on Wycombe road with intent to steal items.
In addition, the warrant alleges that Gilmore, Ross and the 14-year-old unlawfully entered a motor vehicle that was parked outside of a fourth home with intent to steal items for the vehicle.
A homeowner who heard a burglar alarm reported the incident to the Lexington County Communications Center, who dispatched deputies.
The homeowner followed the footprints in the snow to Wyncombe Road. Deputies met with the homeowner, who told deputies he saw three teenagers outside his home.
Gilmore was encountered on Guild Hall Drive.
Detectives released Gilmore, Ross and the 14-year-old into the custody of their parents.
Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Gilmore, Ross or the 14-year-old boy to call the Lexington County Sheriff??s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.