Pair accused of stealing police gun, badge, vest, radio
Joey Whitworth (left) and Adam Moore (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Two Spartanburg County men were arrested last month in connection with a rash of car burglaries, including break-ins involving law enforcement vehicles.
Master Deputy Kevin Bobo, of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office, said 25-year-old Joey Whitworth, of Boiling Springs, and 24-year-old Adam Moore, of Spartanburg, were arrested on Feb. 22 after a surveillance operation in several neighborhoods.
Bobo said the pair was placed under surveillance after tips connected them to several car break-ins dating back to December 2012. They said a search turned up property belonging to the victims, including some police equipment that was stolen between Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 from two cruisers - one belonging to the sheriff's office and the other to the Spartanburg Public Safety Department.
According to incident reports from the January break-ins, a gun, badge, holster, tactical vest, walkie-talkie, binoculars and laser light were stolen.
"Lock your car, and that includes some of the officers in this case, as well," Bobo said. "Because, a majority of car break-ins that we work, the victim's vehicle is unlocked."
Both Whitworth and Moore were each charged with first-degree burglary, grand larceny, 62 counts of car breaking and 34 counts of petit larceny.
Both men are being held in the county jail.
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