Sheriff: Career criminals arrested after breaking into water plant vehicles
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC - Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested two career criminals after they broke into several vehicles parked inside the shop area of the Cassatt Water Company.
Deputies arrested John Cleadus Hunter (35) and William Harvey Martin (41) after they broke into Cassatt Water Company vehicles and stole gas and tools, the report stated.
The report said around 1:30am on June 16, deputies responded to an alarm call at the Cassatt Water Company. The first deputy on the scene discovered the area where Hunter and Martin had crawled under a perimeter fence and entered the shop.
Deputies say the two men stole fuel from two of the company vehicles and broke into the toolboxes of the company trucks, stealing various tools.
Deputies discovered footprints leading into and out of the scene. Another deputy conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in the area, driven by Hunter. A records check on Hunter indicated that he was driving under suspension. Hunter was taken into custody and taken back to the scene where officers confirmed that the tread on his shoes matched footprints at the scene. The bloodhound tracking team was also called to the vicinity and followed Hunter’s tracks from the Cassatt Water Company property to the area where he had parked his car.
Additional investigation determined that Martin had also gone under the fence with Hunter and broken into and stolen tools from the vehicles.
Both men have been charged with five counts of auto breaking and unlawful entering into an enclosed space and are being detained in the Kershaw County Detention Center at this time. All of the property stolen has been recovered.
Martin has an arrest record dating back to 1989 with arrests for malicious injury to property, avoiding payment of a telecommunications, grand larceny, numerous counts of breaking into a motor vehicle, unlawful entry into an enclosed area, petty larceny, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen goods, attempt to smuggle contraband into a jail, possession of marijuana, burglary, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, driving under suspension and criminal domestic violence.
Hunter has an arrest record dating back to 1995 with arrests for criminal sexual conduct, simple possession of marijuana, burglary, driving without a license, probation violation, criminal domestic violence, breach of peace, assault and battery, receiving stolen goods, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, driving under suspension and open container.
“Once again we have career criminals with lengthy arrest records continuing to cause our community problems. And once again our officers have caught them and taken them off the street. It remains to be seen if this will be just another addition to their rap sheets and they will be released to continue their pattern of committing crimes or if they will finally be sent to prison,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.
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