Police in York County have four people in custody after a spree of car break-ins Friday morning between Rock Hill and York, officers said.
York County Sheriff’s Office deputies who live in the areas or nearby were able to quickly start an investigation, police said.
Deputies, who already have received about 15 reported incidents, say each of the vehicles entered so far was left unlocked. They urge residents to always lock their vehicles.
The incidents took place in the Mallard Creek, Cool Creek and Westerwood neighborhoods off S.C. 274 north of S.C. 161, said sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris.
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Police were alerted just after 3 a.m. Friday, including with calls to officers who live in the affected neighborhoods.
“That was their first mistake,” Faris said about the crimes near where deputies live.
William Dale Brock, 20, of Rock Hill, was taken into custody first Friday morning, Faris said. Jacquelyn Nicole Page, 21, and Courtney Payton Page, 17, both with a last known address on Indian Trail in Rock Hill; and Austin Jay Alexander, 18, with a last known address on Crosswinds Drive in Clover, were taken into custody around 1 p.m. Friday.
Charges are pending against all four suspects, police said.
The neighborhoods are all near each other with easy access to S.C. 274.
Faris said break-in suspects often will go from car to car and see if doors are open. An open door is an opportunity for a thief, Faris said.
“We urge everyone, no matter where they live, to always lock their vehicles, and take all valuables and electronics and other items inside their home,” Faris said.
Patrol officers, detectives and K-9 units responded and swept the area.
Faris urged anyone who sees the suspects or has information to call police at 911, 803-628-3059 or York County Crime Stoppers at 877-409-4321.
Check back for updates.