The Lexington County Sheriff says the teens have been accused of breaking into more than 30 cars
A search is underway for a third person accused of being part of a crime spree committed by a Georgia-based robbery ring, the Sheriff’s Department said Monday in a news release.
Quadrise Malik Paul; 19-year-old Ellenwood, a Georgia resident; He was charged with 38 counts of vehicle break-insTheft of a vehicle, second-degree burglary and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the release.
Bond was set at $256,000 under the combined charges, and Paul remains behind bars at the Lexington County Detention Center, jail records show.
The name of the second teen, who the Sheriff’s Department said is also from Georgia, has not been released because he is under 18. There was no information available about the charges facing the minor, but he is being detained by the police. South Carolina Department of Juvenile JusticeAccording to the statement.
“The break-ins in this case occurred in the first week of October at several locations Between 1200 and 2800 block of Bush River RoadThis is in the part of Columbia that is in Lexington County,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Cohn said in the release.
“There was a robbery associated with this investigation that occurred in the same area on October 6.”
One of the robberies happened in the same area on Oct. 6, Kuhn said. A detective contacted the teens hours after the robbery and arrested them after a short foot pursuit, according to the sheriff.
“We recovered some of the stolen property and returned it to its owners,” Coon said. “We recovered the car, a gun, some electronics and a lot of debit and credit cards.”
Cone said more charges and arrests are likely.
There was no information on how a third person was connected to the robberies, and information about this suspect was not available. There was no information on why the Georgia teens targeted cars in South Carolina.
Anyone with information about the third person, or the car break-in, is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or Submit a tip online.