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A female homeowner scared away three burglary suspects after firing a couple of rounds at them, according to the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies arrested 23-year-old Zachary Keegan, 23-year-old William “Cody” Grooms and 18-year-old Richard Morgan following a string of car break-ins and residential burglaries.
The report said Saturday morning deputies responded to a burglary and shots fired call in the Haigs Creek subdivision of Elgin.
Upon arrival deputies, the female homeowner said she had been awakened by her home alarm system.
When the woman went to check it out she observed three men moving around in her garage and in her yard.
The woman said she then grabbed her gun and yelled at the trio, while firing two rounds at them, the report stated. The three men fled.
Additional deputies responded to the area with the bloodhound tracking team.
Keegan and Morgan were caught several blocks from the home after bloodhounds tracked them to a vehicle which deputies stopped.
Deputies say they discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia as well as a stolen car stereo in the vehicle in which they were riding.
Both men were taken into custody.
The report said Grooms, who was spotted one half mile away running into a wooded area.
Deputies eventually caught up with Grooms and he was arrested. Deputies say Grooms also had stolen items on him.
Investigators have determined that these three men are responsible for numerous auto break-ins as well as burglaries of homes and garages in the Elgin area. At this time additional warrants are being sought as investigators determine the specific locations that these three men burglarized.
The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Elgin Police Department that also had received reports of car break-ins during this same time period.
Grooms has a criminal record dating back to 2007 with arrests for purchasing beer by a minor, public disorderly conduct, reckless driving, hit and run with property damage, burglary (2nd degree), petty larceny, giving false information, narcotics violations, strong armed robbery, assault with intent to kill and armed robbery with a deadly weapon.
Keegan has a criminal record dating back to 2007 and is currently on probation. He has prior arrests for narcotics, simple assault, disorderly conduct, malicious injury to personal property, assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, strong armed robbery, resisting arrest, accessory before the fact to a felony, assault and battery high and aggravated and assault with a concealed weapon.
Morgan has no prior criminal record.
“Outstanding work by the patrol division, the bloodhound team and our investigators, said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “ Two of these three men shouldn’t have been out on the street in the first place. The third young man picked the wrong friends to run with. The alarm company, the armed home owner and responding officers all played an important role in getting these three into custody.”
All three men are charged with multiple counts of auto break-in, burglary (1st) and larceny.