Crime & Courts

Teen charged with DUI and multiple vehicle break-ins

Dayton Lee Rock
Dayton Lee Rock

Kershaw County deputies say that after arresting a Lugoff teen early Saturday morning for driving under the influence, they found numerous stolen items in his vehicle.

Dayton Lee Rock, 18, was charged with DUI and three counts of breaking into motor vehicles, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.

“Thanks to an alert traffic officer, several auto break-ins were solved before the car owners even knew they had been victimized,” Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a news release.

A deputy with the sheriff’s office traffic unit came upon Rock at about 4 a.m. The teen was in the driver’s seat of a gray Hyundai which was stopped in the middle of Hunter’s Point Drive in Lugoff with the lights out and engine running, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy spotted numerous items around the vehicle on the street, which appeared to have been thrown from Rock’s vehicle, Matthews said.

After further investigation, the sheriff’s office concluded that these items and other items in Rock’s vehicle had been stolen from three unlocked trucks in the nearby Middleton subdivision in Lugoff earlier that morning.

Rock admitted to breaking to trucks in that subdivision, and told officers that he only broke into unlocked trucks because they usually contained money and guns, Matthews said.

An investigator is working to find the owners of additional stolen items – recovered during the arrest – that were not claimed by the victims of the three break-ins, according to the sheriff’s office.