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Deputies: Puppy thieves jailed, swiped welder to sell as scrap metal

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From top-left to bottom-right: Cassidy, Kenneth, Randle & Taylor Lewis, Perry Sprayberry. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) From top-left to bottom-right: Cassidy, Kenneth, Randle & Taylor Lewis, Perry Sprayberry. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson County deputies said four siblings accused of stealing puppies earlier in March have been arrested in connection with a more recent burglary case.

Lt. Sheila Cole with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said Kenneth, Randle, Cassidy and Taylor Lewis along with Cassidy Lewis' boyfriend Perry Sprayberry were arrested in connection a March 26 burglary of a storage building on Stewart Street.

Cole said the five suspects broke into the property and stole a welder valued at $250, then within an hour, they were caught on camera trying to sell the welder to a scrap metal dealer in Greenville County.

The dealer refused to buy the item believing it was stolen so the five left and the property was returned to the owner, Cole said.

All five were charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny and were arrested Tuesday. The Lewises remain in jail while Sprayberry was released on bond.

The woman who owns the welder said the theft is just one of many in her Pelzer neighborhood, and that she is scared to continue living there.

She said she hopes the accused thieves will stay in jail.

"I don't think they're innocent, I think they need to be in jail," said Rita Smith. "Because they're going to keep on stealing and then something bad - it's going to lead to something worse. I think they deserve to be in jail."

The Lewises were arrested on March 18 after deputies said they stole three puppies from Anderson County PAWS shelter. FOX Carolina spoke with Sprayberry following the Lewises' arrest, who said he defended his fiance as she thought she was doing something right by taking the puppies from the shelter and giving them loving homes.

"If we see a stray on the side of the road or whatever, you know she'll always want to stop and pick it up," Sprayberry said.

Since then two of the three puppies have been located.

In response to the latest arrests, Sheriff John Skipper released the following statement:

"While it may seem like the sheriff's office spends an exceptional amount of time on minor offenses, the fact is that we spend a lot of time investigating both minor and major crimes. All crimes are significant and, as law enforcement officers, we are charged with enforcing the laws to limit those crimes. If small-time thieves are not caught and penalized early, they may end up as big-time thieves, or they may move on to other more serious crimes such as armed robbery."

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