Sumter teen charged in series of burglaries

bbaker@theitem.comJuly 25, 2013 

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A Lakewood High School student charged for his suspected part in what a 3rd Circuit assistant solicitor called a "batch of burglaries" was granted a $20,000 surety bond on Thursday.

Michael Paterna, 17, must be in his mother's home on Lloyd Drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. each day and has to remain enrolled in and attending classes, according to 3rd Circuit Judge George C. James. Paterna is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary with co-defendants Bailey Ingle and Conner Mitchum, both 18. Ingle was granted a $50,000 surety bond in June, and Mitchum remains in jail.

Paterna was charged July 12 with two counts of first-degree burglary, and has no previous criminal record, according to 3rd Circuit Assistant Solicitor Edgar R. Donnald. His attorney, Chip McMillan, said he has cooperated with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

"That will continue as long as I am his attorney," McMillan said.

According to reports, deputies connected Paterna to the alleged break-in in late April of a home in the 500 block of Clifton Road in Sumter. The 70-year-old owner told police that about $200 in pennies stored in gallon jugs, a 37-inch Pro Scan TV valued at $600 and a single-barrel 20-gauge shotgun valued at $150 were taken from the home.

Ingle, of 3180 Firestone Court, and Mitchum, of 2245 Lloyd Drive, were charged May 23 with multiple counts of first- and second-degree burglary. Attorney Murrell Smith told 3rd Circuit Judge R. Ferrell Cothran in June that Ingle went against her parents' wishes between March and May when she allegedly helped Mitchum, her then-boyfriend, perpetuate the series of home invasions.

"She got back together with him in March and left home," Smith said. "Her parents had no legal recourse to bring her back home. And then we have all these incidents. She is a senior in high school and set to graduate this year. She's an honor graduate with a LIFE scholarship. The family is just shocked at what has happened."

Mitchum is suspected in the break-ins of two homes in the 2800 block of Tindal Road and one home each in the 2300 block of Addison Street, the 500 block of Godwin Street, the 500 block of Clifton Road, the 2400 block of Old Manning Road, the 800 block of Bethel Church Road and the 3600 block of Cox Road. Ingle is suspected as an accomplice in those break-ins.

James ordered Paterna to stay away from Ingle and Mitchum, who have also been ordered to refrain from seeing one another.

"He knows there will be no contact if he is released, and he does not want contact with them," McMillan said.

Reach Robert J. Baker at (803) 774-1211.

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