BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputies say hidden cameras helped them capture two brothers suspected of stealing items from seven solid waste convenience centers.
Hank Bordeaux, 30, is charged with entering an enclosed space, petit larceny and possession of burglary tools. Jason Bordeaux, 35, is charged with entering an enclosed space, petit larceny, unlawful carrying of a pistol and possession of burglary tools. Both live in the town of Bonneau in Berkeley County.
The brothers were secretly taped by hidden cameras breaking into the Gravel Hill Road facility on December 5, 2010.
"They damaged the property, cutting locks, cutting fences," said Berkeley County Code Enforcement Officer Tony Brown.
Investigators say they stole refrigerators, hot water heaters, car batteries and other items to sell to scrap metal yards for cash.
Last Wednesday night deputies and code enforcement officers conducted a sting operation. The suspects ran. Jason Bordeaux was caught in the woods and Hank Bordeaux turned himself in the next day.
Authorities hope the hidden cameras will send a message to others thinking about stealing from the solid waste centers.
"We want to let them know we are out there," said Code Enforcement Officer Stacy Harris. "We have equipment that we can use and even though you may not see us, we will see you."