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Police: Williamston arrests could be linked to burglaries

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Left to right: Cameron Clark, Hayley Gunter and James Hollingsworth (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center) Left to right: Cameron Clark, Hayley Gunter and James Hollingsworth (Source: Anderson Co. Detention Center)
A look at the Williamston Police Dept. YouTube page. (Feb. 18, 2014/FOX Carolina) A look at the Williamston Police Dept. YouTube page. (Feb. 18, 2014/FOX Carolina)
WILLIAMSTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When Chris Westbrook moved to Williamston, he liked the idea that his neighbors helped one another.

"A young lady knocked on the front door and claimed to be broke down," Westbrook said.

He went outside to help while his son slept in his room.

"I was only gone for maybe about four minutes and when I came back, my back door was open," Westbrook said.

That's when he realized he'd been had. Burglars swiped his wallet and other items.

"They actually took a firearm of mine - a pistol, a couple of laptops and gun accessories," Westbrook said.

Now, investigators are looking into a string of car break-ins and burglaries. They're also using social media to give information and maybe get some too.

"So, what we want to do, we want to keep the community informed," Tony Taylor said.

Taylor, is the Williamston police chief. On Tuesday, he posted videos on the department's YouTube page to announce arrests and updates.

"We're going to be looking into what other crimes they have committed," Taylor said.

He announced the arrests of 20-year-old Cameron Clark, 21-year-old Hayley Gunter and 26-year-old James Hollingsworth, III.

"We took two subjects out of the vehicle and ended up taking three more out of the house," Sgt. Chris Whitfield with the Williamston Police Department said.

Whitfield picked them up at a house on Tripp Street. Clark is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

"They have some tie to the auto break-ins that are going on," Whitfield said.

Investigators said Gunter and Hollingsworth face drug charges.

"We want to remind people to lock your door," Whitfield said. "Call us, we're here for you 24-hours-a-day."

Investigators said the trio could be tied to Westbrook's burglary and other break-ins too. And Westbrook said those arrests send a strong message.

"They're taking an active role in catching these people, Westbrook said.

Police said more arrests are possible.

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