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Police Find $100,000 in Stolen Goods in Home, Arrest Man for Burglary

Police Arrest Suspect for Burglary After Following Him, Finding $100,000 in Stolen Goods in Home

On Tuesday, April 30th, police followed a suspect to a house north of Columbia after discovering ATV tracks from a stolen ATV. They discovered more stolen goods at the suspect’s house, and have arrested him for burglary and larceny.

Quendale Livingston, 23, has been arrested for burglary and larceny and booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Officers responded to a burglary call on Tuesday, in which the victim reported a stolen All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Sheriff Leon Lott stated that observant deputies discovered tire tracks from the vehicle and followed them to the victim’s home on Monticello Road.

When they arrived, deputies discovered the stolen ATV, along with four other ATVs, a dirt bike, a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche (stolen in Georgia), bicycles, approximately $25,000 worth of shop tools, gas and electric yard blowers, rakes, mowers, chainsaws, a set of gold clubs, televisions, a game console, hunting clothing, stainless steel catering equipment, and exercise equipment. The total value of the stolen merchandise was over $100,000.

Investigators have determined that Livingston is responsible for the stolen items, as well as additional crimes in the area. The investigation will continue, however, as authorities do not believe that Livingston worked alone.

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that if you feel you may have been victimized by Livingston to please contact Sergeant Don Robinson at (803) 576-3190.

Burglary Charges in South Carolina

Burglary charges can be either first, second, or third degree charges, indicating whether or not the perpetrator had a weapon or committed additional crimes at the time of the burglary.

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 is armed with a deadly weapon or explosive; causes physical injury to a person who is not a participant in the crime; uses or threatens the use of a dangerous instrument; or displays what is or appears to be a knife, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, or other firearm. If the burglary is committed by a person with a prior record of two or more convictions for burglary or, or the entering or remaining occurs in the nighttime, these will also qualify as first degree burglary.

Second degree burglary is similar to first degree, but does not involve prior convictions for burglary or house-breaking.

A person is charged with burglary in the third degree if the person enters a building without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein. They do not need a prior record, or to be armed, to be charged with third degree burglary.

Burglary is an extremely serious crime and, in the State of South Carolina, is punishable with between 5 years to life in prison.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Burglary Charges

If you have been arrested for or charged with burglary in South Carolina, you face very serious and frightening charges. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm understand the complexity of the law and will fight for your freedom. We offer free, confidential consultations, so do not hesitate to contact us. 803.252.4800.