Marlboro County, SC - MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Five people have been arrested and jailed in connection to a series of burglaries in Marlboro County, officials announced Tuesday.
Marlboro County Sheriff Fred Knight said deputies responded to reports of an attempted burglary on Hickory Grove Road last week. A suspect vehicle, identified as a green Cadillac, was later spotted with the help of deputies from the Scotland County Sheriff's Office.
Howard Lennel Baldwin, 19 of Laurinburg, NC, and a juvenile suspect were immediately taken into custody by responding officers.
A third suspect, identified as William Charles Ross, 21, of Laurinburg, NC, ran from the vehicle and prompted a brief manhunt. Ross was later captured by officers and transported to the Marlboro County Detention Center.
Knight said a search of the suspect vehicle led to the discovery of stolen items connected to three other burglaries reported on the same day along Hickory Grove Road, Highway 385 and Highway 79 in Bennettsville.
"The group had stolen items ranging from electronics, jewelry and firearms," Knight said. "All of the items were returned to the victims."
Further investigation of the burglaries resulted in the arrest of two additional suspects, identified as Alison Lalita McLain, 22, and Otis McLaughlin, 21, both of Fayetteville, NC.
Officials said the five defendants are tied to approximately 20 other burglary cases in North Carolina and South Carolina. All face charges ranging from first degree burglary to grand larceny and malicious damage to personal property.
"These are some very serious crimes these young people are charged with," Knight noted. "We are continuing to investigate many unsolved burglaries and hope to continue to get tips from the citizens and make more arrests."
The Marlboro County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, McColl Police Department, Cheraw Police Department and South Carolina Highway Patrol in the investigation.