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Chief: String of Clemson crimes caught on camera lead to arrests

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From left to right: Leroy Crooks, Michael McClure and Dylan Smith. (Source: Clemson City Police Dept.) From left to right: Leroy Crooks, Michael McClure and Dylan Smith. (Source: Clemson City Police Dept.)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Three Seneca men were charged with a total of 48 crimes after Clemson police said they linked them to numerous thefts and damages since March.

Clemson City Police Chief Jimmy Dixon said since March, there have been a rash of car break-ins, thefts and property damage in downtown Clemson in the public parking deck, along Sloan Street, Riggs Drive and Strode Circle areas.

Last weekend, Dixon said the suspects were at it again, but they were able to catch their car on surveillance cameras leading to the driver's identification. He said a cell phone was also left at one the incident locations.

Once they found one suspect, they were led to the other two men involved, Dixon said.

Police arrested 20-year-old Leroy Crooks, 21-year-old Michael McClure and 20-year-old Dylan Smith on six counts of malicious injury to real property, three counts of malicious injury to personal property, three counts of auto breaking, three counts of petit larceny and one count of grand larceny.

Dixon said the men caused $10,000 in property damage and stole about $10,000 worth of items from the victims.

Dixon credited Clemson City Council's funding approval for the street camera technology in downtown that helped in the suspects' arrests.

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