EASLEY – County authorities arrested three men Friday in connection with an auto break-in ring.
As The Progress previously reported, multiple break ins occurred in the Easley and Dacusville areas between March 20 and March 25.
Police said that during the five day spree, money, CDs, radar detectors, a laptop computer and several handguns were taken from people’s vehicles.
According to Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan, the incidents occurred at night in several residential neighborhoods, including the Midland and Odessa Drive areas.
After an investigation and saturation of the area, police arrested James Randall Franklin, 20, of 115 Night Drive, Easley; Kevin Allen Watkins, 17, of 1602 Hwy. 124, Easley; and Jonathan Cameron Gunter, 17, of 17 Sunshine Ave., Greenville, in connection with the break ins.
Gunter was charged with 23 counts of auto breaking and 17 counts of simple larceny. Watkins faces 23 counts of auto breaking and 18 counts of simple larceny; and Franklin was charged with 13 counts of auto breaking and eight counts of simple larceny.
The three men are currently being held at the Pickens County Detention Center where they await a bond hearing.