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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Tuesday, September 4 arrested a 20-year-old Lexington man on charges that the man and a 16-year-old boy broke into a home on Peak View Road near Lexington on Sunday, September 2 and stole two laptop computers, two video game players and gold jewelry.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Tayon Maurice Young, 20, of 125 Josie Court, Lexington, was served with arrest warrants on Tuesday morning on charges of first-degree burglary, grand larceny and criminal conspiracy. Young was being held on Tuesday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct a bond hearing for Young 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 a bond hearing for Young, who is charged with first-degree burglary because Young has prior convictions for burglary.

Detectives on Sunday detained the 16-year-old boy, who is being housed at a pre-trial detention facility that is operated by the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, Metts said. Detectives will recommend that the 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office prosecute the 16-year-old boy as a juvenile in family court in Lexington County on charges of second-degree burglary, grand larceny and criminal conspiracy. Under South Carolina law, Metts cannot release information that could identify the 16-year-old boy because the boy is a child.

Young and the 16-year-old boy are accused of breaking into the home on Peak View Road on Sunday afternoon and stealing two Nintendo Wii video game players, two laptop computers, one pink-and-purple, cheetah print draw-string bag that contained gold jewelry, one DVD player and two backpacks, Metts said. Detectives later went to the 16-year-old boy’s home, where they found a black book bag that contained the pink-and-purple cheetah print draw-string bag that had been reported stolen from the home on Peak View Road.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Young or the 16-year-old boy to contact 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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