Two people arrested following series of auto break-ins in Lexington County

04/23/2014 5:59 PM

04/23/2014 6:00 PM

A Lexington woman and Columbia man were charged with five counts each of breaking into an automobile and criminal conspiracy following a series of early morning auto-break-ins near Lexington.

Hannah Guyton Laird, 19, Timbermill Crossing and Matthew Grainger Shelley,25, of Brentwood Drive, Columbia, were arrested around 4:30 a.m. April 21 after someone reported suspicious people looking into cars on Black Pine Court, near Laird’s home, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said in a release.

When questioned by deputies responding to the call, Laird said she lived in the neighborhood and they were looking for a lost dog.

Continuing their patrol, deputies stopped to investigate what they called a suspicious vehicle parked in an unlighted area nearby. They spotted a backpack filled with electronic devices and wallet. under the car. The car, it turned out, belonged to Laird. Laird and Shelley were arrested and confessed to auto break-ins at 148 Maple Drive, 277 Black Pine Court, 205 Oak Ridge Lane, and 362 Cinda Leigh Drive, on the 21st and earlier at 113 Pine Mill Court, Metts said.

Anyone who thinks they have information about other criminal activity by Laird and Shelley is asked to call (803)785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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