PICKENS COUNTY — A 19-year-old Georgia man is facing 44 charges and $121,000 in bonds for his part in automobile break-ins at 21 homes on July 3 in Central.
Andre Jaquez Warren is being held in the Pickens County Detention Center, charged with 31 counts of auto breaking with $3,000 bond attached to each, 11 counts of petit larceny, each with a $2,000 bond, as well as one count each of grand larceny and possession of burglary tools, each with a $3,000 bond as well.
A second Georgia man, Tywan Rogers, is also being sought in connection with the break-ins.
The break-ins were reported on Browning Heights Drive, Honeycomb Lane, Elfwing Lane, Morgan Drive, Leslie Court, Waldrop Stone Road and Jones Court. They all occurred on July 3.
“These type of crime sprees seem to come like roller coasters, up and down as far as trends go, but this has to be one of the biggest single nights of criminal activity I can remember,” PCSO Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said. “There will be a spree, like the one recently involving two local men we made arrests in, and then there will be a time where you’ll see very few.”
Hashe said of the 32 vehicles Warren targeted, the side windows on 18 were smashed to gain access. In one case, the vehicle’s keys were in the ignition and the doors were unlocked and Hashe said the owner “was lucky to not have their vehicle stolen.”
“People need to remember that yes, this is a quiet community but this isn’t 1950 and we don’t live in Mayberry and they have to take some precautions to protect their property,” Hashe said. “Everyone needs to remember to secure their property, lock their doors, and take any individual property, especially electronics and handguns, indoors. Yes, there were windows smashed in in this case and locked doors wouldn’t have made a difference, but if there was nothing of value inside the vehicle, a smashed window is the only loss.”
In all nine handguns, cash, sunglasses, wallets, and electronics were seized as part of Warren’s arrest.
“I think within the next 48 hours we will be making a second arrest in the case,” Hashe said. “There are some loose ends to tie up in the investigation and the suspect is not in the area but somewhere in Georgia, so we are working with law enforcement to close this out.”