Man charged in series of Chapin home break-ins

October 11, 2013 

Donald Malina

Donald Malina


— Richland County authorities charged Donald Malina, 39, in connection to a series of burglaries in Chapin between September 15 and October 10, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release.

The crime spree allegedly began September 15 with the burglary of the house on Swiftfox Lane in Chapin. The burglar made off with a gold and diamond necklace and a jar of coins.

The next stop, according to Lott, was a break-in on October 4 at the KIlloy Office Equipment business on Rosewood Drive where a printer was stolen.

On October 7 coins, jewelry, a camera and Kindle tablet were taken from one home on Forrest Shealy Road in Chapin. Down the street, the door of another house was damaged on October 7 although nothing was listed as missing.

Finally, on October 10, Malina allegedly broke into a house on Lakeport Drive, in Chapin, a third attempt at the same house, Lott said. Again, nothing was listed as stolen.

Malina was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Friday night.

-- staff reports

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