The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after thieves broke into at least 15 cars in the Half Mile Lake subdivision in Greenville. According to deputies, the suspects shot at one resident who went outside. Now, they’re asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects.
When Half Mile Lake resident Cherish Benton went to drive her kids to school Tuesday morning, she noticed something was off. A box in the center console had been removed, and paperwork had appeared in the driver’s seat. She didn’t think anything of it until she later saw posts on her neighborhood Facebook page about car break-ins. She realized she had also been targeted.
“There was a roll of quarters that was taken, but that was it,” Benton said. “I got lucky.”
She is one of at least 15 people who reported car break-ins overnight with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. The break-ins happened late Monday night and early into Tuesday morning.
Benton is one of the lucky ones. According to the Sheriff’s Office, when another resident came outside to confront the suspects around 4:30 a.m., the suspects took off running and then turned around to fire multiple shots at them. No one was hurt, deputies said.
“I could’ve heard something and walked out, and it could’ve been me…so I just really hope that that find these people,” Benton said.
Various items were taken. One vehicle was stolen, but it was recovered nearby.
Lt. Ryan Flood with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the cars the robbers hit were unlocked. Surveillance footage shows at least two masked suspects.
Half Mile Lake residents told 7 News they are surprised to find crime like this on their usually quiet streets.
“If it happened here, it could happen in any neighborhood,” Benton said.
Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward, especially because of the violence involved.
“It spreads a sense of urgency to get these people identified and apprehended as quickly as possible,” Lt. Flood said.
If you have any information, you can contact Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME or leave a tip on the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office app.