SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have charged three teenagers and a man in connection to multiple car break-ins in Summerville.
The Summerville Police Department charged 22-year-old Keonte Richardson of Charleston, and three Summerville residents, 18-year-old Katelyn Miller, 17-year-old Michael President and 17-year-old Benjamin Harper with ten counts of breaking into motor vehicles.
The four suspects were originally arrested on March 21 after officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle.
Officers then reported locating a handgun that was reported during an auto break-in earlier that day.
The suspects were originally charged with possession of a stolen firearm.
Authorities say between March 18 and March 23, the Town of Summerville experienced a "significant" amount of auto break-Ins.
According to police, the suspects gained entry through unlocked cars and took items ranging from cell phone chargers to long guns.
"The Summerville Police Department encourages citizens to lock their vehicles, do not leave any valuable items inside, and to report any suspicious persons or vehicles to law enforcement immediately," Summerville police said.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of stolen items or other persons involved, please contact the Summerville Police Department at 843-851-4100 and/or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.
A full list of the break ins that occurred between March 18-23 is below.