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Duo accused of vandalizing downtown cars, businesses

Joseph Gregory Mappin and Benjamin Drew Gable Joseph Gregory Mappin and Benjamin Drew Gable
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Investigators have arrested two men accused of vandalizing at least 14 cars and three businesses in downtown.

The Charleston Police Department charged 24-year-old Benjamin Drew Gable of Inman with 14 counts of vandalism and three counts of illegal graffiti vandalism. Joseph Gregory Mappin, 18, of Greenwood was also charged with three counts of illegal graffiti vandalism.

On Sunday morning, officers responded to the area of Queen and Archdale streets in reference to vandalism to vehicles. Officers found someone had carved words and phrases into the hoods and trunks of several vehicles.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, officers discovered that someone had used a marker to draw designs on the front doors of businesses in the area of King and Hassell streets.

A police report states that the two men vandalized at least 14 cars on Sunday and three businesses on Monday.

Police are continuing the investigation.

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