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Pair accused of stealing police gun, badge, vest, radio

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Joey Whitworth (left) and Adam Moore (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Joey Whitworth (left) and Adam Moore (Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

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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