Man arrested for W. Ashley house break-in, charged in school burglaries
WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A 20-year-old man arrested for a West Ashley home burglary has now been charged for burglarizing a Columbia elementary school multiple times.
The Richaland County Sheriff's Office has charged Dustin Carroll and his brother 22-year-old Christopher Carroll with burglarizing the Joseph Keels Elementary School in Columbia.
Christopher Carroll was originally arrested by the Charleston Police Department on Aug. 13 in West Ashley after authorities say a group of people stopped Carroll after witnessing him take a woman's purse.
Carroll was also charged for an Albermarle Road home burglary, which happened earlier that day, where investigators say blood was found at numerous locations throughout the home, including a cabinet door inside a bedroom and throughout the master bedroom.
Both Carrolls were charged on Monday by the Richland County Sheriff's Office after investigators say forensic evidence left during a burglary at the Joseph Keel Elementary in early August led them to the brothers.
The sheriff's office reports that on Aug. 3, which is Christopher Carroll's birthday, someone broke into the elementary school causing $1500 in damage. Authorities say the only thing missing from the school was $5 from an office drawer.
Sheriff Leon Lott said multiple Crime Stoppers tips helped lead investigators to the Carroll brothers.
Investigators say they interviewed the brothers at the Charleston County Detention Center and determined the two were responsible for burglaries at the elementary school in November of 2012, and May and August of this year.
Both are also being charged with two residential burglaries near the school.
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