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Former Columbia Park Ranger Accused of Burglary Again

burglaryPark Ranger Receives Burglary Charges for Second Time

A former Columbia, SC city park ranger has been arrested on burglary charges for a second crime. He stands accused of using his position to scout houses to burglarize, and monitoring city radios to let other burglars know when police were on the way.

Orlando Reeves, 31, was arrested on Friday, July 26th, on charges of first-degree burglary and petit larceny related to a burglary in July 2012. However, this is the second time has been arrested on burglary charges – his first burglary arrest came last August, when he was arrested for a crime committed in that same month.

Both instances of burglary involved theft of guns. In his first burglary arrest, for a burglary that occurred in August 2012, Reeves allegedly stole about 30 guns worth $50,000. The burglary in July 2012 yielded only one 12-gauge shotgun.

On Wednesday, July 31st, Reeves went before Judge Alison Lee and asked for bond so that he could help take care of his four children. While Lee granted the bond, she capped it at $200,000, and said Reeves must pay the full amount before being released from prison. In many cases, suspects only pay 10% of the bond up-front.

Reeves’s lawyer argued for a lower bond, saying that Reeves turned himself in when DNA evidence placed him at the scene and an arrest warrant was issued.

Burglary Charges in South Carolina Carry Heavy Penalties

First Degree Burglary

(A) A person is guilty of burglary in the first degree if the person enters a dwelling without consent and with intent to commit a crime in the dwelling, and either: (1) when, in effecting entry or while in the dwelling or in immediate flight, he or another participant in the crime:

(a) is armed with a deadly weapon or explosive; or
(b) causes physical injury to a person who is not a participant in the crime; or
(c) uses or threatens the use of a dangerous instrument; or
(d) displays what is or appears to be a knife, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, or other firearm; or

(2) the burglary is committed by a person with a prior record of two or more convictions for burglary or housebreaking or a combination of both; or
(3) the entering or remaining occurs in the nighttime.

(B) Burglary in the first degree is a felony punishable by life imprisonment. For purposes of this section, “life” means until death. The court, in its discretion, may sentence the defendant to a term of not less than fifteen years.

The Attorneys at the Strom Law Firm Defend Against Burglary, Theft, Breach of Trust, and Other Criminal Charges

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