WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a concerned citizen's call led to the arrest of four teenagers in connection to a number of cars that were vandalized in West Ashley.
The Charleston Police Department arrested 18-year-old Sterling Simmons of Hollywood, 17-year-old Akeem Mitchell of Adams Run, 19-year-old Nicolas Smith of Hollywood and 19-year-old Dinierous Mitchell and charged them with nine counts of malicious injury to personal property.
Simmons, Mitchell and Smith also face a charge of breaking into a motor vehicle.
On Feb. 8 at 5 a.m., a citizen called Consolidated Dispatch to report three teens breaking into a vehicle. The caller provided authorities the description of the teens, the vehicle they were breaking into and the vehicle they were driving.
Police then arrived at the location and stopped three teenagers matching the description of the suspects. When the officers asked the three teens why they were at the location, the teenagers said they were looking for a friend's house.
A police report states after a police officer read each teen their Miranda Rights, the teenagers admitted breaking into a vehicle. Officers reported locating a large subwoofer in the vehicle the teens were found driving in. Investigators say the subwoofer was taken from another vehicle.
One of the officers on scene recognized the clothing of one of the teens and the vehicle they were driving matched the description given in reference to cars being vandalized in West Ashley. According to police, investigators were able to link the teenagers to the incident from video surveillance from one of the incident locations.
CPD officials say the tires of nine vehicles were slashed on Wendy Lane, Marvin Lane, North Woodmere Drive, West Ashley Circle and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard between Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.
Police say they are continuing the investigation.