Greenwood County deputies arrested four more suspects they linked to a rash of holiday auto break-ins.
Demarcus Henderson, 23, of Abbeville, and Antonio Morton, 21, Deandre Reed, 19 and Shyheim Reed, 17 — all of Greenwood — and were charged with breaking into motor vehicle and petit larceny in connection with the incident, records indicated.
Henderson was arrested Friday and authorities took the other three men into custody Thursday afternoon in connection with the rash of Christmas week break-ins, which now resulted in seven arrests. Nathaniel Wideman, and 18-year-old Greenwood teen, was booked on charges stemming from the thefts Tuesday, while Pierre Lipford, 21, of Hodges, and Tyrell Wideman, 17, of Greenwood, were arrested during the weekend.
According to officials from the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, the string of thefts occurred during a two-week span leading up to the holiday. Investigators were not sure exactly how many cars the thieves broke into, but said Friday they were working on a total of about 80 arrest warrants to issue the seven suspects. A Greenwood County incident report gave the following account:
Investigators tied the three suspects in Thursday's arrests to break-ins that occurred early the morning of Dec. 24 in two vehicles parked along Crestview Drive. The victim reported money and a .40-caliber Glock handgun missing from his vehicles.
Many of the other thefts in the latest rash occurred on Christmas Eve as well. Reports indicate they happened in the Kathwood and Rock Knoll subdivisions, with the suspects stealing guns, cash and other items from a series of unlocked vehicles.
GCSO Vice Unit Commander Jarvis Reeder said the bulk of the break-ins occurred around Clifton Street in the Hyde Park subdivision, in the Heathwood subdivision near Old Abbeville Hwy, and near Sunset Boulevard off Chinquapin Road.
"We started working with basic information, developed these suspects and (Friday) we arrested the last one," he said. "We just started pulling things together and corroborating evidence. We were able to recover some property and link these individuals to it."
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