Deputies arrest two, searching for two others in Berkeley Co. neighborhood car break-ins

Deputies arrest two, searching for two others in Berkeley Co. neighborhood car break-ins

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County investigators have arrested two people and are looking for two others in connection to several car break-ins at a Berkeley County neighborhood.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 21-year-old Jerry Catchings Jr. and 17-year-old Najeare Sayers.

Deputies are continuing to search for 19-year-old Kevin Schreitel and 19-year-old Nakeere Sayers.

On Oct. 8, 2018, several residents from the Nelliefield Plantation area reported car break-ins.

“They have broken into so many cars and stolen so many things from people in our neighborhood,” Nelliefield Plantation resident Jodi Hawkins said. “It’s just time for them to stop.”

During the investigation, deputies identified the four suspects.

Arrest warrants were obtained, charging each suspect with 11 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

Though deputies have arrested two suspects, people in the community said car break-ins are a recurring issue. Some residents have had cars broken into this month as well.

“Nothing was taken because I had taken everything valuable out of it, but it had been rummaged through,” resident Sheila Burgess said.

Burgess said having her car broken into even has her kids worried about safety in their neighborhood.

“I have them ask me every night, ‘Is the garage door shut? Is the door locked?’” Burgess said. “It is a concern and it is something that they worry about, too.”

The people who live in Nelliefield Plantation said they are fed up with dealing with car break-ins, but they’re even more frustrated because they know it’s not just happening in their area.

“And then I realized it’s not something you can run from,” Hawkins said. “It’s something that’s going to have to be dealt with.”

Hawkins said the community is already dealing with the problem.

She’s noticed people being more cautious, locking their cars more, and looking out for each other.

“On the positive side, it’s brought us all closer as a neighborhood,” Burgess said. “It definitely has us having each other’s back more. It has our eyes open for each other more.”

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Kevin Schreitel and Nakeere Sayers you are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 843-719-4412 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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