2 more arrested in theft ring in Oconee Co., deputies say

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OCONEE CO., SC (WSPA) – Two more people have been arrested after Oconee County deputies say they uncovered a theft ring after numerous car break-ins and at least one burglary.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged 19-year-old Ricardo Mauricio Heller with six counts of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle, three counts of Petit Larceny, Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol, and Possession of a Stolen Weapon.

Deputies have also charged 19-year-old Gage Austin Lyda with two counts of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle, three counts of Petit Larceny, and Burglary.

Last week, 41-year-old Joshua Chad Jackson was charged with first degree Burglary, three counts of Petit Larceny, and two counts of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle.

Deputies say they have now charged Jackson with six additional counts of Breaking into a Motor Vehicle and three additional counts of Petit Larceny.

The charges come after numerous car break-ins at various locations around Oconee County.

According to the reports, at least eight vehicles were broken into on Rock Crusher Road in Walhalla and Pinnacle Pointe Drive in Seneca.

Four of the vehicles had windows broken by the suspects, according to the reports.

Three guns were taken from the vehicles, including one from an unlocked truck. A home on Pinnacle Pointe Drive was also burglarized, with a side door pried open and small objects, including an old antique gun, taken.

Deputies say more charges are expected.

According to the news release, the theft ring may have reached into Pickens County, in the Clemson area, as well.

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