North Charleston, Berkeley make arrests in strings of car break-ins, burglaries

David Lloyd Pacetti

North Charleston police and Berkeley County sheriff’s investigators announced several arrests Wednesday in separate cases involving a string of car break-ins and burglaries.

David Lloyd Pacetti, 34, of Old Back River Road in Goose Creek was arrested by North Charleston officers after he cashed a check reported stolen out of a pickup, according to incident reports. Pacetti then confessed to four other break-ins, including setting a vehicle on fire earlier this month after a break-in on Rivers Avenue, according to police.

He was charged with five counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, four counts of property crime enhancement, forgery and third-degree arson. He is being held in the Charleston County jail on $250,000 bail.

Five adults and a 16-year-old boy, all from Moncks Corner, were arrested in Berkeley County and linked to six vehicle break-ins and two burglaries reported late Saturday through early Tuesday.

Those charged are Donoven J. Hamilton, 18, third-degree burglary; Thadeous T. Rawls, 18, third-degree burglary and breaking and entering into a motor vehicle; Tiger R. Singletary, 17, breaking and entering into a motor vehicle; Austin R. Driggers, 17, third-degree burglary and first-degree burglary; and Devin L. Stacy, 17, first-degree burglary. The juvenile was not identified but faces a charge of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle.

When apprehended, all of the suspects were in possession of stolen property that was from the break-ins and burglaries, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Duane Lewis said in a news release that additional arrests are forthcoming. The investigation was a joint effort with the Moncks Corner Police Department, which had similar incidents in its jurisdiction.

Anyone with more information about the Berkeley County crimes iss asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 719-4412 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

Dave Munday contributed to this report. Reach Melissa Boughton at (843) 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.