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Authorities arrested two men they say are responsible for breaking into several homes and outbuildings in the Kershaw community.
According to Kershaw County Sheriff’s investigators, on July 8, officers arrested 21-year-old David Patrick Schweikert Jr. and 22-year-old Jeffery Joseph Gray at the same address after investigators determined the two were responsible for several break-ins.
Investigators say in early July 2012, deputies responded to several break-ins in the Kershaw community where the victims reported their homes and outbuildings had been broken into and numerous power tools and hand tools were stolen.
According to investigators, information provided by citizens within the community, gave officers a good idea of the suspects committing the crimes.
On July 8, an investigator questioned Schweikert who admitted to participating in the break-ins along with Gray, the report stated.
Deputies say Schweikert lead the investigator to the area where the stolen property was being stored.
Gray was at the location and agreed to accompany the investigator to the Sheriff’s Office where he later admitted his role in the burglaries.
Both Schweikert and Gray told investigators they planned to bind and rob an elderly handicapped woman who lived in the vicinity, the report stated.
They also indicated that they planned on robbing another person on July 1st, but the homeowner became suspicious of their intentions and moved in the direction of his gun cabinet which prompted them to change their minds about robbing him.
Schweikert is currently out on bond for possession of stolen firearms after having been arrested by KCSO investigators in May 2012. Gray has previous arrests for marijuana possession, domestic violence and public disorderly conduct.
Schweikert has been charged with burglary 1st (1 count) and burglary 3rd (3 counts). Gray has been charged with burglary 1st (1 count) and burglary 3rd (2 counts). Both men are being detained at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing, according to investigators.