Five teens were arrested in connection with a string of car thefts in Rock Hill this past Memorial Day weekend, according to a police report.
Johnathan Randy Fesperman, 17, and Shylyn Danyale Carpenter, both 17 and of Rock Hill, and Tyus Tamadre Bell, 18, of Greenville, were arrested Saturday and charged with breaking and entering vehicles for theft, according to a Rock Hill Police report.
Two minors were served with juvenile summons and identified as a 16-year-old boy from Catawba and a 16-year-old girl from Rock Hill. Both minors were released to their parents.
The group was spotted by several witnesses near Thistledown Drive pulling on car door handles to check the locks and even going through the contents of one vehicle. Officers also found several pieces of clothing strewn on the street of Saddlebrook Drive.
Other residents in the area also noted items missing or disheveled in their cars.
Officers approached the group of teens and noted that the 16-year-old girl was carrying a zebra-printed bag. The minor claimed the bag belonged to her, but couldn’t tell police what was inside.
Police found a digital camera, pair of sneakers, designer fragrance, body spray and grocery bag of snack foods inside the zebra-printed bag. None of the suspects would comment on the bag or what was found inside.
Once the suspects were placed under arrest, Fesperman openly admitted to police that an ignition and key fob found on his person belonged to a car parked on the street.
Police noted the vehicle was reported as stolen.
Jie Jenny Zou • 803-329-4062