Sheriff: Drug habit fueled burglaries

April 2, 2014 

James Robert Peterson

James Robert Peterson

NEWBERRY COUNTY DETENTION CENTER

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC Lexington County authorities say James Robert Peterson broke into two Chapin homes to feed a drug habit.

A two-count burglary warrant accuses the 27-year-old Little Mountain man, who is being held at the Newberry County Detention Center on $20k bond, with breaking into two homes on Northshore Drive near Chapin in order to steal things he could sell or trade for illegal drugs; the first burglary occurred March 7th, the second on March 21st.

Peterson allegedly stole prescription drugs a Sony Play Station, game controllers and a bottle of men’s cologne in the first burglary March 7. Two weeks later, he allegedly burglarized a second house and took a rifle, IPad mini tablet, Bluetooth speaker and cordless drill.

Lexington county investigators searched an abandoned building near Peterson’s home and found some of the items that had been reported stolen. The rifle, worth about $599, was sold for $150, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said. It has been recovered.

Peterson was arrested in at his home by the Newberry County sheriff’s department on March 22 after a call from Lexington County authorities.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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