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Teens charged with breaking into autos

Teens arrested for string of car break-ins

Two Fort Mill teenagers face charges on 11 counts each of breaking into unlocked cars in their neighborhood, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

The suspects were arrested after midnight on Nov. 4 by deputies patrolling the English Trails subdivision in Fort Mill Township. The suspects are identified as Cullen John Mills, 17, of 632 Hosta Drive, Fort Mill, and Ryan Andrew Melton, 18, of 709 Ivy Trail Way, Fort Mill.

The two teens allegedly were spotted by deputies walking through the neighborhood, carrying black backpacks and acting suspicious, the report states. Deputies stopped to question them because residents had reported numerous car break-ins in the area in recent days, the report states. The boys said they were walking to a friend’s house to play video games and that they had video game equipment in their bags. They told police they didn’t have IDs and couldn’t remember their addresses, the report states.

The deputies said that when they asked the suspects asked to stand in front of the patrol car so they could be identified, the boys ran away on foot. A deputy caught up to and tackled Mills. The suspect then allegedly confessed to breaking into unlocked cars and stealing electronics and other miscellaneous items, the report states. He then led the deputies to the home of Melton, the other suspect. Melton’s mother let authorities enter the home where they arrested Melton.

Melton also allegedly confessed to taking items from unlocked cars, saying they were just “idiot teenagers” who thought they wouldn’t get caught, the report states.

The boys then turned over items stolen and showed officers each house where they had taken things from unlocked vehicles, the report states. The two boys were both arrested and charged with 11 counts each of larceny and criminal conspiracy.

Report: Scrap metal stolen from FMHS

A York man has been arrested after allegedly stealing scrap metal from Fort Mill High School, according to a Fort Mill Police report. The metal was being collected and donated as a fundraiser for the school band.

Police say the man, 48-year-old Victor Guzman of York, was caught with the scrap metal by a sheriff’s deputy around 9 a.m. Nov. 7. Police contacted a construction foreman at FMHS and determined Guzman was not authorized to take the metal. The foreman told police the metal was being donated to the band so it could be sold and the proceeds to buy new uniforms, the report states.

Guzman was arrested and charged with larceny.

Police chase, catch man with Oxy

Fort Mill Police arrested a man with a bag full of illegal prescription drugs and a blank prescription pad, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the corner of Harris and McCammon streets when police made a routine traffic stop. During the stop, the driver allegedly fled on foot with a bag of pills that he tried to eat while running, according to the report. But police caught the man and recovered the pills, determined to be painkiller Oxycodone.

The man did not have a prescription for the medication. Police also found in the man’s vehicle a blank prescription pad, seven syringes, more drug paraphernalia and two debit cards, the report states. The suspect was identified as Andrew Garry Faile, 21, of Fort Mill. He was charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute.

Report: Man tampered with church sign

A Fort Mill man is suspected of posting a political message on a church marquee without permission, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

The report states a deacon from Glen Rock Baptist Church called police around 7 a.m. Sunday to report the unauthorized message. Police earlier, around 4 a.m., had confronted a 60-year-old man changing the sign. He told police then that he was allowed to do so. But the church deacon explained to police the activity was not authorized and the church has had ongoing problems with someone stealing lettering from the sign and changing the messages.

Police are investigating.

Woman charged with DUI, child endangerment

A Rock Hill mom has been arrested and charged with drunk driving and endangering a child after police say she drove drunk with a 10-year-old girl in her car, according to a Tega Cay Police report.

The alleged incident happened around 10:45 p.m. Nov. 3. The woman, 46, allegedly got into another woman’s Chevrolet Tahoe and left the club with her 10-year-old daughter following a confrontation, witnesses told police. She drove the truck to a home off Clear Point Drive in Tega Cay. A witness called police because they suspected the woman to be extremely intoxicated, the report states. Police arrived at the home and found the woman there arguing with a man who had taken a cab from the golf club to the home.

The woman told police she had driven away from the golf club in order to remove her daughter from a hostile situation, the report states. Police gave the woman a sobriety test, which she failed. She was arrested and charged with drunk driving and child endangerment. A family member was called to come take custody of the child. The police report did not explain the nature of the arguments.

Fort Mill couple arrested after domestic dispute

A man and woman were arrested during a drunken dispute at a Jackson Street home in Fort Mill on Nov. 1, according to a Fort Mill Police report.

The report states police were called to the home around 3:30 a.m. Nov.1. The man, 41, told police that the 43-year-old woman attacked him because she “drank a half gallon of liquor and had went crazy,” the report states. He had visible scratches and bruises on his face.

Police found empty liquor bottles inside the home. They also learned that the man was not supposed to be on the home’s premises because of a trespass warning. Both individuals were arrested.

Reports of all felonies and any major misdemeanors are compiled weekly from local law enforcement agencies . Charges do not necessarily result in a conviction, and people who are arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

Compiled by Adam O’Daniel