Boys tracked by bloodhounds after burglary

cwinston@thestate.comDecember 3, 2013 

— Two 16-year-old suspects in a Kershaw County burglary on Monday were arrested after being tracked by bloodhounds.

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department said the juveniles, whose names were not released because of their ages, were inside an East Camden home when a woman who lived there walked in on Tuesday. They ran out of the home and were seen by a neighbor running from the house, jump a fence and run through the back yard of several residences.

Deputies learned one of the suspect’s nicknames and went to his house, where they observed the two boys running into the woods. The department’s bloodhound tracking team tracked the two boys into a wooded area where they were apprehended. Also in the woods, deputies found a laptop computer and cell phone stolen from the residence. Both had been set on fire.

One of the boys was turned over to his mother. The two, who was on probation for a previous burglary, strong-armed robbery and kidnapping, was sent to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

A search warrant at the home where the boys lived yielded several items believed to have been stolen by residences or businesses.

It was the second recent use of the bloodhound team and officers. Two weeks ago, Sheriff Jim Matthews said a fugitive out of Georgia was tracked after fleeing a traffic stop.

“We are very fortunate to have officers who are dedicated to this team and dogs that can actually track someone,” Matthews said.

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