SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - One person has been arrested and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a second one for reportedly breaking into numerous vehicles recently.
Deputies and the Sumter Police Department have been working closely to solve numerous vehicle break-ins around the city and county.
A 14-year-old admitted to authorities that he was involved in some of the break-ins and named two other people.
Jessica Harris, who also goes by the last name of Pendergrass, 28, of Sumter, is charged with 18 counts of B&E Auto. She was arrested Thursday and is being held in the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.
Authorities also have 18 warrants for breaking and entering into automobiles for Coby Fields, 17, of Summerville, who is being sought by law enforcement.
According to reports, Pendergrass would drop the two others off and later pick them up after they had broken into numerous vehicles.
The juvenile, who has not been identified, is also being charged with 18 counts of breaking and entering automobiles.
The suspects have admitted to six vehicle break-ins in Dalzell, two in Kel-Sam Farms, three on Brogdon Circle, two in the Mooneyham Road area, two on Acres Avenue, two on Plowden Mill Road, one on Nottingham Drive, one on Belk Street and one on Tulip Street.
The city is also investigating a number of vehicle break-ins in the Rolling Creek area.
About $2,000 in various items have been recovered. Most of the property has been positively identified by various victims.
More arrests are expected.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC. You do not have to give your name and may receive a cash reward.