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.
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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