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Sheriff frustrated car break-in suspects repeat crimes after released on bond

(Source: WIS) (Source: WIS)

Kershaw County Sheriff James Matthews expressed frustration that several people arrested for breaking into cars earlier in the year were out on bond and arrested again for the same crime.

Last week five Camden residents were arrested on multiple charges of breaking into vehicles, receiving stolen property and burglary. They are 21-year-old Gregory Cooper McCarley, Mikkel Demond Bush, 22, Marquez Armani Robinson, 19, Ty'Reek Lorenzo Bush-Robinson, 20 and Victoria Pierce, 19. 

Matthews says earlier in November, numerous autos were broken into in Camden, East Camden and Kershaw County.

A deputy responding to a report of an intoxicated person in Lugoff on November 21 noticed several suspicious items inside the vehicle, which were later determined to have been stolen the previous weekend from cars in Camden.

Matthews says this was the break investigators needed in the case and worked with Camden Police to determine the names of suspects.

Matthews says earlier in the year, numerous vehicle break-ins were reported in Darlington County, Kershaw County, Richland County, Elgin and Camden. Bush-Robinson, Robinson and Bush arrested in connection to those cases and were released on bond. Their arrests were part of a nearly year-long investigation by local law enforcement agencies.

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“The 'catch and release' system of justice is alive and well in Kershaw County. Several of the individuals involved in this recent rash of auto break-ins were out on bond for previous auto break-ins,” says Matthews. “Now we have arrested them again along with some others. I’m wondering where the deterrent is. Our criminal justice system has been sending the wrong message to criminals for far too long. I’m anxious to see how these people will be dealt with this time. Law enforcement has done its job. Now it is up to the court system to do theirs.”

Several of the suspects are also facing charges by the Camden Police Department. They are in jail awaiting bond hearings. According to the 5th Circuit Solicitors Office, Robinson, Bush-Robinson and Bush, who were out on bond for auto breaking during these recent auto break-ins, will appear before a circuit court judge for bond revocation proceedings.

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