A man wanted in Mississppi and Tennessee was arrested for stealing thousands from businesses in Newberry.
Jeffery G. McCoy of Humboldt, Tenn., was charged last week with safe cracking, five counts of burglary, two counts of possession of crime tools, two counts of petty larceny, attempted burglary, fugitive from justice and grand larceny over $10,000.
McCoy allegedly entered the Shops on Wilson Saturday night and cut holes in the walls of the businesses to tunnel his way from one to another stealing items as he went, said Newberry Police Captain Kevin Atkins.
On Sunday evening a Newberry police officer was checking Bear Village and caught McCoy in the act of breaking into those stores.
McCoy was arrested on the scene.
As investigators with the city worked the case last week they were able to recover most of the items that were stolen.
Atkins says that McCoy and other co-defendants have worked the Southeast doing similar crimes. He adds they even steal the DVRs for stores with security systems and cut alarms to the businesses.
McCoy is wanted for doing similar crimes in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Bond for all but the fugitive from justice charges was set around $200,000, said Atkins.