Lexington man charged with breaking into 2 businesses

cwinston@thestate.comJanuary 14, 2014 

— A 25-year-old Lexington man has been charged with breaking into two businesses.

Tommy Lee Stubbs was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of grand larceny.

Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies say Stubbs broke into one business on Charleston Highway near West Columbia and a second business on Pond Branch Road near Leesville.

Items stolen late Saturday included one 1985 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer, one iPhone cellular telephone and one laptop computer from the Rock and Roll Auto at 2540 Charleston Highway. The items are worth a combined $9,700. All of the items were later recovered in Stubbs’ possession.

A Be on the Lookout bulletin for the Blazer sent on Monday was answered by a resident deputy in Red Bank. Darren Wiseman found Stubbs asleep in the rear compartment of the vehicle, which was parked at the intersection of Platt Springs Road and Kyzer Road.

Arrest warrants also allege that between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, Stubbs broke into Cabrera Auto Sales at 2613 Pond Branch Road with the intent to steal items from the business. An attempt to “hotwire” a motor vehicle that was parked at the business in an effort to steal the vehicle was unsuccessful.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Stubbs to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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