Blow torch bandits busted by Summerville police

Kendell Mahon and William Weatherford
Kendell Mahon and William Weatherford

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Police have arrested two Moncks Corner teenagers accused of using a blow torch to break into an ATM in Summerville.

The Summerville Police Department charged 17-year-old William Weatherford with two counts of safecracking and 18-year-old Kendell Mahon with two counts of accessory to safecracking.

Summerville Police Capt. Jon Rogers said that the two teens were tracked down thanks to someone seeing the raw ATM surveillance video on Live 5 News.

Weatherford received a $50,000 bond and Mahon received a $25,000 bond. Weatherford is currently locked up at the Berkeley County Detention Center on unrelated charges and Mahon has posted his bond and has been released.

Moncks Corner Police say the two suspects are facing charges in a string of burglaries in their jurisdiction.

Police say the attempted blow torch burglaries happened last Tuesday morning just minutes apart. The suspects struck first at Suntrust and failed to get the ATM opened. Then the suspect was caught on camera trying to do the same thing at the Credit Union.

Authorities say the culprit who tried to get into the South Carolina Federal Credit Union ATM worked a little harder by melting the locks around the door and also leaving a burn mark on the combination lock. But again, the suspect did not get away with anything.

Despite $3,000 worth of damage, the ATM is still fully functional.

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