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Friday, September 28, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Wednesday, September 26 charged a 36-year-old Gaston man with stealing tools from the porch of a home on Knollwood Drive near Lexington on Friday, September 21.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies previously had arrested Robert Leonard Cooper, III, 36, of 429 Fallaw Road, Gaston, on Sunday, September 23 on charges that Cooper stole one wood-handled knife and one metal file that is used to work on wood from a carport outside a home on Corley Mill Road near Lexington. The homeowners’ adult son caught Cooper in the act of stealing the items from the carport on Saturday, September 22.

Detectives on Wednesday served Cooper with arrest warrants on charges of third-degree burglary and grand larceny in connection with the theft of the tools from the porch at the home on Knollwood Drive, Metts said. Cooper was being held on Thursday, September 27 at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $35,000.

Arrest warrants allege that on September 21 Cooper entered the porch at the Knollwood Drive home with the intent to steal items without the homeowner’s consent or permission, Metts said. Cooper stole tools worth a combined total of about $2,300. Cooper stole hand drivers, socket sets, one electric circuit locator, one electric voltage tester and other tools. Detectives recovered many of the tools that were reported stolen from the Knollwood Drive home after they executed a search warrant at Cooper’s home.

Cooper previously was charged with second-degree burglary in connection with the theft of items from the carport at the Corley Mill Road home, Metts said.

An arrest warrant alleges that at about 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 Cooper entered the carport at the Corley Mill Road home with the intent to steal items, Metts said. Cooper possessed and tried to steal the wood-handled knife and metal wood file. Cooper dropped the items about 20 yards from the carport when he was confronted by the homeowners’ son.

The homeowners’ son provided deputies with the South Carolina license plate number for a 1997 GMC Jimmy sport-utility vehicle that Cooper used to drive away from the Corley Mill Road home, Metts said. Deputies determined that the sport-utility vehicle is registered to Cooper’s wife.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Cooper 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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