The people charged were identified as Kenneth Lamar Braswell, 40, Sierra Dawn Braswell, 29, and Ansel Bradley Wallen, 45, all of Whitmire; Chrystal R Hughes, 43, of Waterloo; and Donald Andrew Price II, of Newberry.
Foster said the suspects targeted people who owned antiques and collectibles. He said the stolen items were used to finance the suspects’ crystal methamphetamine use.
Taylor said the suspects went back and forth across county lines. He said $10,000 worth of collectibles were stolen in Union County, including baseball cards. Taylor said about $3,000 worth of items have been recovered. He said Taylor said the burglaries happened between July 26 and August 1.
Sinclair said that the suspects stole about $1,500 worth of antique bottles during a burglary in Whitmire. He said the suspects were a “menace to the community who caused people to not even feel secure in their homes.”
“Many people in today’s society are attempting to minimize the effects of illegal drugs. These suspects were attempting to get money to continue their drug usage. The victims of these burglaries became victims because they were attempting to support their drug habit. Illegal drugs should never be considered a victimless crime,” Foster said.
Kenneth Braswell is charged with burglary in Whitmire and three counts of burglary in Union County.
Sierra Braswell is charged with three counts of burglary and has been released on bond.
Hughes is charged with burglary in Whitmire and has charges pending from the South Carolina Department of Probation, Pardon, and Parole.
Price is charged with three counts of burglary and receiving stolen goods in Union County, and receiving stolen goods in Newberry County.
Wallen will be charged with breaking into a motor vehicle. He is being sought by police.