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Monday, February 13, 2012

LEXINGTON, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested a 17-year-old Gilbert boy and a 19-year-old Leesville man in connection with a burglary that occurred at a home on Owens Road near Leesville on November 4, 2011. The two teen-agers stole one 20-gauge shotgun, one .22-caliber revolver and other items during the break-in at the home.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested Theodore Wayne Masters, 17, of 1427 Reedy O. Smith Road, Gilbert, and Cory Blake Rosson, 19, of 133 Grapevine Road, Leesville. Masters and Rosson each were arrested on an arrest warrant on a charge of first-degree burglary in connection with the break-in at the Owens Road home.

Masters and Rosson each were being held on Monday, February 13 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing, Metts said.

Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Masters and Rosson in general sessions court because first-degree burglary is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of life in prison, Metts said. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has not yet scheduled bond hearings for Masters and Rosson.

Arrest warrants allege that between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on November 4, 2011 Masters and Rosson illegally entered a home on Owens Road and stole one .22-caliber Ruger revolver, one 20-gauge Remington shotgun, two sets of state quarters and Confederate money worth about $300, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Masters or Rosson to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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