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Brothers accused of burglaries

Two Fort Mill brothers face burglary charges after police said they stole metal from homes and buildings near Knights Stadium and sold it to a scrap yard.

Police charged Micheal Scott Tolbert Jr., 20, with two counts of grand larceny; second-degree burglary; third-degree burglary; petty larceny; breaking into auto or tanks where fuel is stored, and three counts of criminal conspiracy, according to the York County Sheriff's Office Web site.

Tolbert's younger brother, Timothy Joseph Tolbert, 18, faces the same charges, according to the Web site.

A police investigation coupled with witness statements led authorities to the brothers' door Thursday night, Detective John Martin of the sheriff's office said. The thefts occurred around Deerfield Road, Martin said.

He said the brothers then sold the stolen metal.

A third arrest is pending in the case, Martin said.

The thievery first occurred in August, when a man saw people running out of his backyard. He later discovered that two rolls of copper wire were missing, according to a police report. The copper was valued at $2,000, the report states.

On Sept. 1, a woman told police that a metal building was slowly being picked apart and the metal removed. Also taken from the woman was a hay rake and two twin beds, the report states.

A month later, a man told police someone stole about 15 gallons of gasoline from his pickup truck, according to a police report.

On Friday, a judge set bond at $19,000 each for the brothers. They remained in custody Monday night at York County Detention Center.

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