Thomas Campbell (left) and Anna Sanders. (Union Co. Sheriff's Office)
Deputies catalog the items stolen during the burglaries. (Union Co. Sheriff's Office)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A Spartanburg duo was arrested after deputies said they crashed a stolen car then set it on fire in Union County. They are also accused in a two-county crime spree.
Union County deputies said they discovered 32-year-old Thomas Campbell and 24-year-old Anna Sanders had possession of a stolen car from Spartanburg Tuesday morning after receiving a 911 call about a fiery wrecked vehicle along Pulpwood Yard Road.
When deputies questioned the two, Campbell and Sanders told them they were passengers in the car and the driver had run off into the woods, but after canine officers searched the area, they admitted to making up the information about the driver to avoid trouble, deputies said.
Deputies said when they searched both suspects, Campbell had three guns on him and Sanders had an empty gun holster. Investigators said a television and other items were sitting on the ground around the car, which they thought seemed out of place.
One of Campbell's guns turned out to be stolen along with the car, deputies said. They said the television was also reported stolen from a burglary at a home on Lemonade Road in Pacolet Tuesday morning. Deputies said they also connected the two to a burglary at home on Jeffries Farm Road in Jonesville. Deputies said they recovered all the stolen items.
In addition to the stolen items, deputies said they found plastic containers at the scene used by both suspects to make methamphetamine.
Deputies said their investigation also revealed that Campbell and Sanders set the car on fire following the crash, intending to destroy it.
Both were arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and petit larceny, third-degree arson and manufacturing methamphetamine. They remain in jail on no bond.
After being booked into the Union County Jail, deputies said Sanders became angry and attacked a female jailer. Deputies said Sanders hit the jailer in the face, scratching her, tried to choke her and spit in her face several time. Sanders was also charged with third-degree assault and battery and throwing of bodily fluids by a prisoner.
Union County deputies said they were working with Spartanburg County deputies as the two may be linked to crimes in their area.
According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office report, the car the duo wrecked in Union was reported stolen from a home on Mimosa Lake Road Tuesday morning. Spartanburg County deputies were called to the home when the homeowner told them he tried to back out of his driveway but an unknown Jeep had blocked him in. The homeowner told deputies that he also realized his wife's car was missing, which had a gun inside the glove box.
About the same time, the Jeep's owner received a call about its discovery and showed up at the Mimosa Lake Road home, deputies said. Investigators said the Jeep's owner reported it missing from his Whitestone Road home sometime after 11 p.m. Monday.
They said his home was about a mile away. Deputies said whoever had taken the Jeep had attempted to remove the radio, damaged the A/C vent and the gauges were working totaling about $300 in damage.
Spartanburg County deputies said they had not yet filed warrants in connection with their cases.
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