Second warehouse burglary suspect arrested

dprice@thestate.comJanuary 10, 2013 

— Deputies Wednesday arrested a second man in connection with a burglary at a warehouse near West Columbia.

Mark Quincy Stevens, 48, is charged with two counts each of third-degree burglary and enhanced punishment for a third-or-subsequent offense involving a property crime. Stevens, a Gaston native is the second man to be arrested in connection with the theft of more than $46,000 worth of items from heavy machinery at a warehouse on Gardners Terrace Road in December. Deputies arrested James Richard Padgett last month in connection with the crime.

The men are accused of stealing a variety of items from the warehouse between Dec. 17 and 24 worth a combined $40,000. Then, deputies said, they stole a radiator and hydraulic pump each worth about $3,000 between Dec. 25 and 26.

The items, which weighed a combined 8,400 pounds, were sold to a metal recycler.

Stevens is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on bond totaling $40,000. Padgett was released from jail on bond.

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