Two Charged After Break-In At Re-Opened Ski Shop

Quick thinking by Greenville police officers landed one person in jail, and police searching for another, both who are accused of breaking into a storage unit from a store that just re-opened.

Police say around 2:45 a.m. they spotted 16-year-old Haseen Branch with two bicycles, near the intersection of Evans Street and Arlington Boulevard. A book bag was spotted about 25 feet away, containing bolt cutters, eight ski caps and a sweater with the sales tags intact.

Police say they then spotted 21-year-old Debracey Barnes as he was coming out of the Kangaroo convenience store at the same intersection. They say Barnes ran, and a police dog that was brought in which backtracked his trail to a storage unit outside Gordon's Golf & Ski on Arlington Boulevard.

Police found the storage unit broken into, and say the ski caps and sweater were taken in the process.

Branch was charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of burglary tools and felony conspiracy. He was jailed on a $50,000 secured bond.

Police say they are continuing to search for Barnes.

Gordon's just re-opened last week, after the store was heavily damaged in an arson fire earlier this year.


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