From left to right: Chadrin Flemon and Maleik Houseal. (Newberry Co. Sheriff's Office)
PROSPERITY, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Deputies said they arrested three men in connection with a burglary at a Prosperity-area gun shop.
On June 12 at about 11:30 p.m., three suspects broke into Bear Creek Firearms through an air conditioning window unit, according to Newberry County deputies.
Once one suspect was inside, he tried to open the gun cases but couldn't because of the additional locks and when they triggered the main alarm, deputies said all three men fled.
Through the store's surveillance footage and information from a local school resource officer, deputies said they arrested the suspects, Maleik Houseal, 17, of Pomaria; Chadrin Flemon, 25, and Kentrell Wicker, 16, both of Prosperity.
Deputies said while Wicker is 16, he was charged as an adult so his arrest records are public information.
Houseal was first arrested by Newberry police on unrelated gun charges after deputies said he was found with a pistol stolen from an unrelated county case.
All three suspects have been charged with burglary second degree. Deputies said nothing was stolen during the break-in.
Sheriff Lee Foster said that it is a disturbing trend to see young people attempting to arm themselves with stolen weapons. He said that while such trends are occurring across the country, it is a major concern for law enforcement and citizens.
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