Men face 32 charges in North Charleston car break-ins

Shawndell McClenton and Julian Taunton
Shawndell McClenton and Julian Taunton

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two men face a total of 32 charges in connection with car break-ins in North Charleston.

The North Charleston Police Department has charged 23-year-old Julian Taunton and 34-year-old Shawndell McClenton each with eight counts of breaking into a motor vehicle, three counts of grand larceny and five counts of petit larceny.

On Sunday night, police responded to the China Buffet on 7800 Rivers Ave. in reference to suspicious people looking into cars.

When authorities arrived they were told by a witness that the suspects had entered the Chinese restaurant. Police then located Taunton and McClenton inside the business.

McClenton and Taunton both told officers that they were at the restaurant to have dinner and denied looking through cars in the parking lot.

Authorities say when police asked Taunton consent to search his car, Taunton declined.

When a K-9 unit responded to the vehicle, the dog alerted police to the rear passenger door.

Investigators found an driver's license belonging to a woman, a T-Mobile bag and a yellow envelop containing a small tablet computer.

Authorities say they were then able to contact a woman, whose number was found on the envelop, who told them that her car and her friend's had been broken into at the La Hacienda restaurant on 8530 Dorchester Rd.

Both of the suspects were then arrested and questioned further by detectives.

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