Shaquille Oneal Webb, 18, and James Logan Ketchum, 17, were arrested after 2 a.m. Monday and charged with multiple counts of entering auto along with several other charges, Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said.
With the help of the resident who followed the suspects, Webb and Ketchum were taken into custody after a traffic stop in the BridgeMill area, Baker said.
The suspects were in Ketchum’s parents’ car, which he has been charged with stealing, Baker said.
A 15-year-old also was in the car but was not charged and was released to a guardian, Baker said.
Baker said the suspects were seen “flipping” car door handles, checking to see which were unlocked.
Each of the cars entered Monday morning were unlocked, he said.
So far, three victims have been located in the investigation, but Baker said that number could rise.
Thefts from unlocked cars are not new to Cherokee County.
“Entering autos is probably one of the most common types of crime in Cherokee County,” Baker said. “And in almost all cases, the cars are unlocked.”
Baker said some nights, Cherokee deputies respond to up to 30 calls for entering auto.
In such cases, he said suspects move quickly checking for unlocked cars.
And when they find one, “They’re in there for 10 seconds, and then they’re gone to the next car,” Baker said. “It is so important to the take the time to lock your doors.”
Webb was charged with two counts of entering auto, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Baker said. He is in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on $7,335 bond.
Ketchum is charged with three counts of entering auto, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, driving with no license and theft of a motor vehicle and is in held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with a $19,410 bond, Baker said.
Ketchum is also charged with an entering auto charge from Friday night in BridgeMill, Baker said.
Small electronics and cash have been recovered in the investigation, Baker said.