Men arrested for breaking into two school buildings

WACH) – Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested an 18-year-old Lexington man and 20-year-old Lexington man, Tuesday, on charges that the two men broke into buildings at local schools.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson John Allard said the men broke into buildings at the Lexington Technology Center on Augusta Highway near Lexington and Lexington High School on Augusta Highway near Lexington between 10 p.m. on February 21 and 6 a.m. on February 22.

Deputies also charged the two men with breaking into a motor vehicle that was parked at a Lexington County School District One maintenance building on Pisgah Church Road near Lexington during the same period of time that the school burglaries occurred.

Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said a school resource officer obtained arrest warrants for Alexander Rhodes Jeffcoat, 18, of 301 Harbor Heights Drive in Lexington; and Joseph Eric Perrotta, 20, of 161 Foley Lane in Lexington, on two counts each of second-degree burglary and one count each of breaking into a motor vehicle and criminal conspiracy.

Arrest warrants allege that between 10 p.m. on February 21 and 6 a.m. on February 22 Jeffcoat and Perrotta unlawfully entered a building at the Lexington Technology Center in order to try to steal a golf cart that was worth about $500, McCarty said. The golf cart was in a classroom that is used to teach students about small motors.

Arrest warrants allege that Jeffcoat and Perrotta stole athletics booster club clothing and other items that were worth between $500 and $1,000 from Lexington High School. Deputies recovered the stolen clothing and other items at the homes of Jeffcoat and Perrotta.

In addition, arrest warrants allege that between 10 p.m. on February 21 and 6 a.m. on February 22 Jeffcoat and Perrotta broke into a 2008 white Chevrolet van that was parked at a School District One maintenance building and stole one red tool box and one iPad tablet computer.

The school resource officer conducted the investigation in cooperation with School District One, McCarty said.

McCarty asked anyone with information about the involvement of Jeffcoat or Perrotta in additional criminal activity to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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