Bloodhounds Follow Trail of Burglars to Camden School

Camden, SC (WLTX) -- Four students were expelled from the Camden Military Academy after an early morning burglary of an area gas station.

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary alarm at the V-Go Gas Station on Jefferson Davis Highway in East Camden, formerly known as the Hot Spot early Thursday morning. When Deputies arrived they found the front glass door to the business smashed.

Deputies called a manager to the store, and after review of security camera footage, saw two suspects had broken in to steal beer and cigarettes. Video also showed a third suspect waiting outside the business, and after the break-in, all suspects were seen on the recording leaving on foot.

The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office bloodhound tracking team was called in, and followed the scent trail to the grounds of the Camden Military Academy, ultimately leading Deputies to one barracks building at the school.

Ahead of the bloodhound team arrival, a security officer with Camden Military Academy notified Deputies that he discovered an 18-pack of beer hidden behind an air conditioning unit, attached to the same barracks the bloodhounds led Deputies to.

The bloodhound team was able to show Deputies where the suspects had entered and exited the barracks building, through a specific window.

Deputies were able to determine that four Camden Military Academy summer school students, all under the age of 18, had been involved in this burglary Thursday, as well as another break-in of a different gas station overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. One of the four showed Deputies where the suspects had hidden clothing they had worn during the break-in.

Staff at the school contacted the parents of all four juvenile suspects involved, and the students were expelled. They will appear before the Kershaw County Family Court under petition to face charges of 2nd degree burglary.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews provided this statement: "This is just another example of the outstanding work done by our bloodhound tracking team. They have had great success in tracking and apprehending suspects in all types of crimes, as well as finding missing persons. The handlers spend lots of time working with and training these bloodhounds and all of this effort pays off on a regular basis. Kershaw County is very fortunate to have them."


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