Richland County sheriff arrests brothers on charges of breaking into Joseph Keels Elementary School

nophillips@thestate.comAugust 26, 2013 

— Two brothers have been arrested on a burglary charges for allegedly breaking into an elementary school.

Christopher Carroll, 22, and Dustin Carroll, 20, were charged after Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators found evidence at Joseph Keel Elementary School that tied the brothers to the crime scene, according to a sheriff’s department press release. After interviewing the brothers, investigators determined they were responsible for three burglaries at the school and two burglaries at homes near the school, the release said.

The most recent alleged burglary was Aug. 3 when someone broke several doors and windows to get inside the school and then broke into several offices, a previous sheriff’s report said. Damages were estimated at $1,500. The suspect stole $5 in change from an office drawer.

Other break-ins at the school were in November 2012 and in May, the sheriff’s department reported.

The Carroll brothers are being held at the Charleston County Detention Center. They will be transferred to Richland County if they receive bond in Charleston or once those charges are adjudicated, the press release said.

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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