Three teenagers charged in pawn shop break-in
Monday, May 20, 2013 9:23 AM
Three teenagers were arrested following a break-in at a Greenwood pawn shop in which several handguns were stolen during the weekend.
Kijafa Martin, 18, of 50 Creekfield Lane, Honea Path, was charged with first-degree burglary, grand larceny and felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the incident. Reports said two juvenile suspects - 16 and 15 - were also apprehended and face charges stemming from the break-in, which occurred early Saturday morning.
According to a city police report, officers responded to Lakelands Pawn and Gun, 1421 Bypass 72 NE, after burglar alarms at the shop went off. Video surveillance showed three men cross the bypass minutes before the break-in, case the shop for several minutes and then two of the suspects enter the store through a side window. The footage showed one of the thieves use a rock to break a display case inside the store, and grab several guns out of the gun chest before the two dashed out of the shop.
Owners of the pawn shop told officers six guns were stolen during the robbery, totaling about $2,100 in value.
Reports indicated Greenwood County deputies assisted city police and tracked the three suspects down near Uptown. Officers found all six guns in the three teens' back packs. One of the suspects told police he and the 18-year-old man broke into the shop while the third suspect stood as a lookout outside the store. The two teens were transported to Department of Juvenile Justice custody in Columbia.