NEWBERRY — Two Newberry teenagers have been charged in a series of burglaries in the Fox Run housing community and more arrests are expected.
Xavious Tyshawn Robinson, 19, of 189 Hendrix Road in Newberry, was charged with one count of first degree burglary, one count of second degree burglary and two counts of larceny.
Desmond Alonzo Coleman, 16, of 228 Wood Lane, Newberry, was charged with five counts of second degree burglary and four counts of larceny.
Coleman is being charged as an adult automatically under South Carolina law because the punishment for the offense carries a possible punishment of 15 years or more.
Robinson is being held at the Newberry County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash/surety bond. Although Coleman is charged as an adult, he is still treated as a juvenile for detention purposes and was released to the custody of his parents on a personal appearance bond.
Since the first week in January, six burglaries have been reported in the Fox Run housing community near Short Cut Road and Mount Bethel Garmany Road.
Investigators were working in the community to solve burglaries, and the break they needed came Jan. 15 when a citizen saw two black males leaving the Fox Run development carrying flat screen televisions. The citizen called 911 and officers saturated the area and searched for the two men using bloodhounds.
“Although the suspects were not located at that time, the freshly generated community interest and media attention caused many citizens to call in with information about the case,” said Sheriff Lee Foster. “This information and substantial follow up by the investigators culminated Thursday evening with the arrest of the two suspects. Both suspects have been charged with burglary and larceny.”
The suspects were breaking into homes through windows and taking money, televisions, and video gaming systems.
“At least one additional arrest is expected in this case,” said Foster.