Break-in suspect was out on bond; cut off GPS tracking device

By Jody Barr - bio | email

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - A Sumter man suspected in a string of home break-ins is behind bars Thursday night.

All six break-ins happened within the past month. Sumter police charged 21-year-old Eugene Rhinehardt with two counts of burglary and suspect him in four others along with a home invasion.

Rhinehardt was out of jail on bond and under GPS monitoring device. Burglary victim, Rebecca Simon found out during Rhinehardt's bond hearing Wednesday that he'd cut his ankle monitor off in November. "Someone on bond, house arrest and cut the monitor off! They should have known right away - I would assume," said Simon.

Court records showed Rhinehardt was never arrested for violating his bond until Sumter police charged him Sunday with breaking into Simon's home. "The system just got to get better, some kind of way," expressed Simon, "It needs to get better."

Simons said the suspect kicked in her door, went into her home, and made off with her TV, laptop computer, and Louis Vitton. Overall, she was missing about $1,600 worth of her stuff.

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