Woman accused of setting ex’s car on fire, vandalizing properties, deputies say

Crime

CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a woman after several businesses and properties were vandalized over the last couple of weeks.

Between Nov. 14 and Nov. 16, “KMAC Hearts Brande,” “KMAC 666” and “KMAC is Illuminati” was spray-painted on several businesses and personal properties, causing extensive damage to signs, walls and doors, according to the sheriff’s office. Three incidents were reported in Gaffney city limits and five more were reported in the county.

Deputies said Jennifer Jenkins Rider, 42, of York, was named a suspect after her ex-boyfriend’s truck was graffitied and she sent him a text message that said she was “about to make him famous” around the same time that the other properties were vandalized.

According to the sheriff’s office, Rider returned to her ex-boyfriend’s home on Nov. 24 and set his car on fire. Investigators say that crime helped them connect the dots.

“We got a break in the case when we had an arson call over the past weekend,” said Sheriff Steve Mueller.

KMac tells 7News he gifted the car to Brande. Detectives say Rider and KMac are ex-lovers.

“Brande is the new girlfriend so she tried to basically do it to make it look like one of those have committed the crimes,” Mueller told 7News. “When in fact they actually had not.”

“She took something from me I’ll never get back,” Brande Moore Horne said. “I lost my mother a year ago and I had a letter is that car from my mother. And it burned up. I don’t know if words can express how I feel about her right now.”

Investigators say there’s no pattern for the places Rider vandalized.

Deputies said Rider confessed to the vandalism during an interview.

The sheriff’s office charged Rider five counts of vandalism, malicious damage to personal property and third-degree arson.

On Wednesday Rider went before a judge for a bond hearing. The judge granted her bond.

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