WAGRAM — Two Laurel Hill men have been charged for their involvement in a series of weekend break-ins, according to authorities, with one arrested and the other still at large.
Billy Joe Hunt, 35, of 18200 Duncan Ave., is accused of breaking into the Nic’s Pic Kwik No. 3 on Main Street at around 2:45 a.m. on Friday. According to Officer S. Dover of the Wagram Police Department, Hunt shattered one of the store’s large glass windowpanes to gain entry and steal about $2,000 worth of cigarettes.
In a repeat performance at 1:49 a.m. on Saturday, Hunt left the store with a quantity of cigarettes valued at $3,000.
On Sunday, Hunt and 39-year-old Fabian Troublefield of 9161 McFarland Road broke into the Wagram Food Mart on Main Street at 1:30 a.m., entering and exiting via the roof and stealing another $1,800 worth of cigarettes.
According to Dover, both suspects confessed under questioning to their involvement in the break-ins. He did not know if the suspects stole the cigarettes for sale or personal use.
“We do have video and upon interviewing them, there was a confession,” he said.
Hunt was arrested on Tuesday by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office for unrelated charges. Later that day, he was charged with breaking and entering and felonious larceny by the Wagram Police Department.
Troublefield, who has not been located for arrest, faces the same charges. Hunt has been placed in the Scotland County Detention Center under an $80,000 bond.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-276-2311, ext. 17. Follow her on Twitter @emkaylbg.