3 teens charged in connection with burglary of Columbia home


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- The Columbia Police Department have arrested three teens in connection with a home burglary and a stolen car investigation.

Shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call of a burglary at a home on Summerlea Drive.

The teens who are 16,18 and 19-years-old are accused of breaking into a home and attempted to steal a vehicle.

Rashad Washington, 19, and Demondre Jones 18 have both been charged with second-degree burglary, malicious injury to property, possession of a stolen vehicle, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

When investigators got to the home, they found that the rear door of the home had been forced open. Police checked the inside and outside of the home to make sure the suspects were no longer on the scene.

A nearby witness gave officers a description of the suspects after seeing them flee the area by foot.

Officers continued to patrol the area and found three male teens matching the description of the suspects walking along Johnson Avenue near Hyatt Park and detained them.

As officers searched the suspects they found vehicle keys that were stolen from the burglarized Summerlea Drive home.

The teens were not successful in stealing the vehicle because they had difficulty starting the engine which according to the victim, you have to 'jiggle" the keys in the ignition to make it work.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined the SUV the teens used to get to the Summerlea Drive home was stolen from Richland County's jurisdiction.

The teens were transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

At last check, Washington remained in jail on a $100,000 bond. Jones remained under a $75,000.

The 16-year-old male was housed in the juvenile section of Alvin S. Glenn.

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