Police: 'Suspicious vehicle' tip leads to arrests on multiple charges

Police: 'Suspicious vehicle' tip leads to arrests on multiple charges

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say a tip led to a traffic stop and the arrest of two men on burglaries, drugs and weapon charges.

Jayquan Grooms, 18, and Montez Jenkins, 20, both of Charleston, are charged with possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute, unlawful carrying of a handgun, possession of burglary tools, second-degree burglary, grand larceny and receiving stolen goods.

A witness called police to report a suspicious vehicle in the area of Evening Shade and Grand Oaks Boulevard on Jan. 12, according to police spokesman Charles Francis.

A responding officer spotted a vehicle on Ashley Garden Boulevard matching the one described and initiated a traffic stop for an expired temporary tag, a cracked windshield and both occupants not wearing seatbelts, Francis said.

Police say the passenger lean his seat all the way back to the resting position as the officer approached the driver's side. Directly behind the driver's seat were a black tool box and silver iPad, according to a police report.

The driver could not provide police with a his driver's license, identification card or vehicle registration, police say.

The officer also reported smelling the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. He saw a black sock hat lying on the lap of the passenger along with a pair of black and gray cloth gloves and a large black screwdriver sticking out of his pocket, along with several screwdrivers and hammers in the vehicle, the report states.

When the driver and passenger were searched for weapons, police found a screwdriver on the passenger and a pocket knife on the driver. Police say a search of the vehicle uncovered a handgun, a shotgun, jewelry, electronic equipment, sunglasses, power tools and multiple small liquor bottles.

Burglary detectives say much of the electronics and power tools were taken during a burglary that had just occurred at a Dorothy Drive residence that had not yet been reported to police.

Other property in the vehicle linked the suspects to other burglaries that happened between Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 on South Hampton Drive, Manchester Road, Rivermont Place and Evening Shade Drive, police say. Two pieces of the stolen property also linked the suspects to a December burglary in Summerville.

Grooms and Jenkins were being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

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