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Rock Hill man accused of breaking into six businesses, more than 50 storage units

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Thomas Rock Hill Police

A Rock Hill man is accused in the nighttime burglaries of six businesses, two of which vehicles were stolen from, according to police.

Marcelius Davon Thomas, 26, was charged this week with six counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of grand larceny, according to jail records. A judge denied bond for him.

Thomas is accused in a string of nighttime break-ins dating back to May 5, when he acted as a lookout while an accomplice broke into New Ride Motors on North Anderson Road, according to an arrest warrant. They allegedly took a BMW 3 Series from the business.

Then on June 19 he is accused of breaking into Burnout Garage and Cherry Auto Sales, both of which are on North Anderson Road, according to warrants. At Cherry Auto Sales, Thomas allegedly pulled the power meter, disabled the video and phone systems and forced a door open. Alarms sounded at both businesses, which police believe scared him away.

On June 21, police say Thomas broke into Adams Enterprise on West Main Street and took a bottle of water and a bag of plums before fleeing the business. He had reportedly damaged a boarded up window to make entry, causing an alarm to sound. He damaged the inside of the office before leaving, according to the warrant.

Investigators say Thomas pushed an air conditioning unit out of a window at Barrett Motor Company on South Anderson Road on July 13, according to warrants. Inside, he reportedly grabbed a dealer’s license plate and keys to a Chevrolet Tahoe, which was stolen from the car lot.

Thomas was already in the Moss Justice Center on charges from the York County Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested by deputies July 26 and charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of grand larceny and two counts of petty larceny, according to Trent Faris, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Officials from both agencies say Thomas is also facing charges for breaking into more than 50 storage units, including 21 units at a storage facility on Cranium Drive in Rock Hill and at least 30 at a facility on East Main Street.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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