SC man charged in Marlboro County crime spree

James Driggers (Source: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office)
James Driggers (Source: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office)

Marlboro County, SC - MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Wallace man has been charged in connection with a series of burglaries in Marlboro County, according to law enforcement officials.

The Marlboro County Sheriff's Office have charged James Lewis Driggers III, 27, with multiple counts of first and second degree burglary, grand larceny, failure to stop for a blue light and malicious damage to property stemming from a series of crimes that began March 27.

According to MCSO spokesman Lt. Jamie Seales, deputies were called on March 27 to a burglary at a home in the 800 block of Salem Road in Bennettsville. Investigators found firearms, jewelry and electronics stolen from a camper.

A day later, two burglaries were reported in the 600 block of Salem Road in Bennettsville. Investigators say Driggers stole a 2003 Ford Ranger and firearms from one home and slept at the second home, which was abandoned.

Driggers was seen by a citizen in the stolen truck on March 29, Seales said, and deputies attempted a traffic stop. However, Seales said, Driggers led investigators on a chase through Marlboro, Dillon and Robeson counties. He was arrested behind an apartment complex in Rowland, NC.

"At this point in the investigation, almost every item stolen on the 27th and 28th have been recovered and returned to the victims," Seales said.

Driggers was out on bond for an unrelated burglary charge in Marlboro County at the time of the crime spree. Seales said more charges are pending, and Driggers is a person of interest in several other burglaries in the area dating back to February.

"I am asking any citizens that may have bought anything from this defendant to call the sheriff's office and speak with the investigators," said Marlboro County Sheriff Fred Knight.

Knight said there are several firearms missing from other burglaries that the department would like to recover and return to victims.

Investigators urge anyone with information on Driggers or any other possible suspects to call the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office.

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