Two Orangeburg residents are facing burglary charges after allegedly breaking into a vacant home near Cordova.

“We had deputies on top of these two suspects almost as soon as they entered this property, thanks to the concerned citizens who called,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “The community called, we answered, two suspects apprehended. That’s how it should work.”

Ravenell said 20-year-old Donovan Thompson and 22-year-old Angela Nivens were each charged with criminal conspiracy, third-degree burglary and petit larceny.

During a hearing on Saturday, bond set on the Orangeburg couple at $67,000 each.

Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received a call just before 2 p.m. Friday reporting a suspicious vehicle at a vacant residence about two miles south of Cordova.

Deputies secured the vehicle and located tracks leading toward the residence, which is located in a small wooded area.

Thompson and Nivens were discovered and taken into custody. They allegedly managed to take about $10 worth of items from the home.

Thompson allegedly told investigators he had heard of others breaking into the home. Since they weren’t caught, “he believed he did no wrong,” according to the report.

Nivens allegedly fled from the hospital while being checked for injuries prior to being taken to the detention center.

She was captured when she knocked on the door of a residence while wearing a black trash bag and a shirt. That home owner called a neighbor: an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s deputy.

A bond hearing for a charge of escape is expected to be held for Nivens on Tuesday.

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