Sheriff: Man broke into 12 homes, took almost $50k in cash and goods

Published: Nov. 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2011 at 10:21 PM EST
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Thomas Scott McLean (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)
Thomas Scott McLean (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Department)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lexington County Sheriff's Department detectives charged a 43-year-old Leesville man with breaking into 12 homes near Irmo between May 31 and October 31. During the home break-ins, the man stole jewelry, cash, coins, silver flatware, baby equipment and prescription medication worth a combined total of $48,951, investigators said.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Thomas Scott McLean, 43, was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday after he turned himself in on arrest warrants on 4 counts of second-degree burglary.

Detectives on Thursday obtained 8 additional arrest warrants for McLean on charges of second-degree burglary after they interviewed McLean, Metts said.

Arrest warrants allege that McLean broke into 4 homes near Irmo between October 21 and October 31, Metts said. The homes were on Briarcreek Ct., Woodwinds Dr. West, Beacon Hill Rd. and Sandhurst Rd. During the four home break-ins, McLean stole jewelry, cash and coins worth a combined total of $23,446, investigators said.

Arrest warrants further allege that between May 31 and October 18, McLean broke into 8 more homes near Irmo, Metts said. The homes were on Wescott Rd., Barmount Dr., Sunnybrook Ct., Nottingham Ct., Townes Rd., Tram Rd., Northman Rd. and Amberly Ct. During the 8 home break-ins, McLean stole jewelry, coins, prescription medication, cash, silver flatware and one baby stroller worth a combined total of $25,505, said Metts.

McLean sold the stolen items at pawn shops near Columbia, Lexington and Irmo, Metts said. According to investigators, McLean targeted homes where he knew he could steal items that he easily could sell at pawn shops. McLean broke into homes in the Irmo area because he grew up there and was very familiar with residential neighborhoods in the Irmo community, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving McLean to call the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff's Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

McLean was being held on Thursday, November 10 at the county Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

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