Lancaster, South Carolina May 2, 2017
Two men are in jail in connection with a series of burglaries and attempted burglaries on SC Highway 9 By-Pass and one in Indian Land that occurred between December 23, 2016, and April 28, 2017. All the incidents occurred during the nighttime hours. John Josiah Bush, age 20, of Lancaster, was arrested by officers and investigators of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Lancaster Police Department on Wednesday, April 19. Demarkeyo Wanya’Markel McClinton, age 21, also of Lancaster, was arrested on Friday, April 28.
Incidents occurred at The Meat Center on December 23, December 24, March 12, March 22, April 22, April 26, and April 28. Entry was made or attempted by using a pry bar to force open doors, a sledge hammer to break glass, and bolt cutters to cut a lock. During the final incident, the burglar pulled plywood away from a window which had been broken two nights before. Entry was made only on the first two and the last incidents. Property was taken during only the first two incidents and included bank bags containing change and coupons. Video surveillance footage was available for all the incidents and provided investigators valuable images of the suspects, their clothing, and the tools they used. The front glass at Lowe’s was broken on March 22. Entry was not made into the business. Video footage showed images consistent with those from The Meat Center. La Chalupa was burglarized on April 6. The glass on a back door was broken with a hammer, but nothing was taken.
Investigators of the Lancaster Police Department were working similar cases in the city. Investigators from the two agencies worked together. Bush was identified from video surveillance as a suspect in a city burglary. The police department obtained a warrant for his arrest. Sheriff’s investigators obtained a search warrant for his home in the county. Police and sheriff’s officers and investigators went to the home on April 19 and arrested Bush and searched the home and a car in the yard. Evidence believed to be related to several crimes was seized. McClinton was subsequently identified as a second suspect in several incidents.
Bush is charged with Burglary Second Degree and Attempted Burglary Second Degree for the incidents at The Meat Center on December 24 and March 22, the incident at Lowe’s on March 22, and the incident at La Chalupa on April 6. McClinton is charged with Burglary Second Degree and Attempted Burglary Second Degree for all the incidents described above except the burglary at La Chalupa, with which he has not been charged. Both men are also charged by the Lancaster Police Department with other crimes that occurred in the City of Lancaster. Both remain in the Lancaster County Detention Center after bonds were denied by the magistrate and a city judge. Photographs of Bush and McClinton are attached.
“The investigation into these incidents and others which could be related continues, and other arrests are possible,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “The arrest of these two young men closed nine nighttime burglaries in the county and several cases in the city. Very little of value was taken in these cases, but these men caused lots of property damage, inconvenience, and frustration for the proprietors of these businesses. I am proud of the joint effort by the sheriff’s office and the police department in solving these crimes.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372) or email www.crimestopperssc.com.