Three burglaries committed this past spring are solved, according to the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office.

A trio of suspects is facing multiple charges in burglaries that took place in Branchville, Rowesville and Bowman.

On Thursday, Aug. 15 , Eric Joseph Youngblood, 36, of 417 Highland Avenue, Sumter, appeared before an Orangeburg County magistrate for his arraignment on the charges.

In addition to Youngblood, two Low Country men are facing the same charges. They are in custody in other counties on similar charges.

Brandon Sean Roberts, 24, of 7629 E. Oakridge Circle, North Charleston is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston County and John Paul J. Thompson, 46, of 435 Capers Drive, Ladson, is being held at the Hill Finklea Detention Center in Berkeley County.

Each of the men is facing the following charges:

  • three counts of malicious injury to real property and criminal conspiracy
  • two counts of grand larceny and first-degree burglary
  • one count of non-violent second-degree burglary and petit larceny

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In the first incident, the suspects are accused of taking over $11,350 in firearms, jewelry and electronics from a Freedom Road home in Branchville on March 28.  

Investigators believe the men stole four rifles, three shotguns, 15 silver rings, 20 silver bracelets, six silver watches, a Microsoft Xbox gaming console and a 42-inch Vizio television.

Two months later, the suspects allegedly broke into a Cattle Creek Road home in Rowesville.

On May 26, investigators believe the suspects stole a 50-inch flat screen smart TV and a window air conditioning unit. The value of the stolen items is $350.

Just four days later, investigators believe the men were at it again when over $4,000 in jewelry, antique coins, a checkbook, toolbox and laptop computer were stolen from a Cascade Drive home in Bowman. The value of the stolen items is $4,100.

If convicted, the men face life in prison.

Investigator Jared Kitrell is leading the probes.

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