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School Burglars Press Their Luck in N. Augusta

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A Martinez pair wanted in a rash of school break-ins in Columbia County was busted Sunday night after trying to burglarize a North Augusta business, authorities said.

Hyun Joo Kim, 20 (pictured in her mugshot and from school surveillance) and a 16-year-old boy were both caught during an attempted burglary at a tuxedo rental store in North Augusta. Authorities say garbage collectors spotted them on a roof of The Shoppes of North Augusta, where the “Gents Formal Wear” business is located. Public safety officers caught them and then called Columbia County authorities.

“The suspects matched the male and female suspects from recent burglaries at Evans High School and Lakeside Middle School,” sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Items stolen from the schools include cell phones, concessions items, laptops, cash and several ROTC drill team sabers.

After the pair’s arrest, investigators recovered several items from the suspect vehicle that were taken from the school burglaries and a burglary that occurred last week at Mystic Vapors on Belair Road, Capt. Morris said. Additional searches were conducted at their homes where more property was recovered.

Both suspects are being detained in South Carolina. Authorities say they were friends and were not dating.

The 16-year-old is a juvenile and was not named in a press release.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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