ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have arrested three men accused of stealing more than $72,000 worth of property from several homes in Orangeburg County.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office charged 21-year-old Bryan William Ryant, 22-year-old Jamie Alexander Douglas and 25-year-old Ashton Nashawn Robinson with several counts of second-degree burglary.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said that the three men are responsible for 10 separate burglaries from the North Road and Columbia Road areas dating back to June 2011.
"Bryan Ryant, Jamie Douglas, and Ashton Robinson have made statements to investigators that they have kicked in doors and stolen electronics, jewelry, and even a glass jar filled with $5 in loose change," Ravenell said."At present count, the trio is responsible more than $5,000 in damages and more than $72,000 in stolen property. The arrest of these three men should put a dent in the number of burglaries that are taking place along North Road. Our investigation indicates this group has been up to no good for several months and causing many homeowners to wonder if they will be next. We expect to be able to close more burglaries in the coming weeks based on the work of these individuals."
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
"It is important that victims record the serial numbers on the items in their homes. It is rare that a property owner is able to provide an officer with the serial numbers of the items stolen after a burglary," Ravenell said. "These numbers are essential for us to not only return the property when it is located, but also to include it in a National Crime Database. The Sheriff's Office has made home inventory sheets available on our website to assist you in recording the serial numbers of your property."