Man gets 15 years for multiple property crimes in Greer

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – A Greer man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday for multiple property crimes in 2017.

According to a solicitor’s office news release, Kelly E. Bruton, 48, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree burglary, petty larceny and breaking into a motor vehicle.

On Feb. 24, 2017, Greer police officers responded to a burglary in progress at a home on Oak Street and found Bruton hiding behind an air conditioner in a fenced in backyard. 

According to the release, the screen to a nearby bathroom window was pulled off and the victim told officers that she was home with her infant son when she heard a stranger knocked on her front door.

The victim said she then called 911 later when she heard someone trying to force open a bathroom window.

Officers reportedly recovered a package taken from the victim’s car and the victim said the package was in the front seat of her car because she was going to mail it to her mother.

Fingerprints from the bathroom window and those found on the car were matched to Bruton.

According to the release, the petty larceny took place on May 3, 2017 when police were called to East Fairview Avenue for a theft of a UPS package taken from the back porch of the home.

The homeowner said his surveillance system recorded Bruton taking almost $80 worth of items from the package that had just been delivered.

According to the release, Bruton will serve 85 percent of his prison sentence before his is eligible for release.

The solicitor’s office release said Bruton’s previous criminal record included multiple convictions for assault and property crimes.

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