LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Chapin police have arrested four people they accuse of stealing energy drinks, cigarettes and cell phones from local stores.
The arrests are a small part of a larger shoplifting ring, Chapin police said in a news release.
The suspects are charged with the following:
• Antwone Anderson: One count of grand larceny, two counts of shoplifting
• Isaac Potter: Two counts of criminal conspiracy.
• Donnie Furtick: Two counts of shoplifting and criminal conspiracy.
• Carmella Harding: Three counts of criminal conspiracy
Officers say the first incident began July 27 at the Verizon Store at 130 A Chapin Road. Police say Potter asked an employee where the restroom was, and while the other suspects distracted the employee Potter went into the storage area and took seven cell phones worth $2,800.
Another incident occurred at the Food Lion at 140 Chapin Road Aug. 19 when the suspects allegedly distracted an employee and took $1,875 in cigarettes. Officers allege they used the same scheme a few hours later at the Pitt Stop at 648 Columbia Ave. to take $420 of 5 Hour Energy drinks.
Officers say the suspects were stopped by Irmo police, and police say some of the stolen items were recovered.