Detectives with the Union County Sheriff's Office have arrested four men in a string of 43 break-ins stretching back to August 2009, according to a release from the Sheriff's Office.
David Franklin Hobbs, Jr., 42, David Allen Hobbs, 21, Kenneth Davis Taylor, 21, and Samuel Ryan Templin, 22, were all arrested in connection with the cases.
According to Sheriff Eddie Cathey, the Parkwood Area of Union County is generally known for its low crime rate and country atmosphere. But over the past three years, Cathey says, there have been sporadic bursts of property crimes, where thieves have targeted garages and outbuildings.
"Our Crime Analyst was able to identify several patterns and common factors in these crimes. Despite the crimes being spread over a long period of time, the incidents were fairly localized", Lt. David Linto said.
Using this information, investigators say focused patrol efforts and investigations turned up leads. Concerned citizens also came forward with information, which aided in the arrests of the four men.
Officials say not all four were involved in all of the break-ins. In total, the group is alleged to have committed 43 break-ins, three of which were unoccupied homes, and the remainder outbuildings, garages, and sheds.
The majority of the items taken were hand and power tools, yard equipment, fishing and hunting equipment, and several firearms. Deputies say the value of property stolen is valued in excess of $100,000.
All four are charged with numerous counts of felony breaking and entering, and larceny after breaking and entering.
Detectives told WBTV they anticipate additional arrests, as the men continue to cooperate with investigators.