Teens accused in acts of vandalism, car break-in in West Ashley

Charleston police have arrested four teens in connection with acts of vandalism and a car break-in in West Ashley.

Sterling Simmons, 18, of Mauss Hill Road in Hollywood, Akeem Mitchell, 17, of Elroy Road in Adams Run, Nicholas Smith, 19, of Highway 164 in Hollywood, and Dinierous Mitchell, 19, of Hazelwood Drive in Charleston, all face nine counts of malicious injury to personal property, police spokesman Charles Francis said. Simmons, Akeem Mitchell and Smith face an additional count of breaking into a motor vehicle, he said.

Police received a break in the case around 5 a.m. Sunday when someone called 911 to report three teens breaking into a vehicle on Bantry Circle in the Bolton’s Landing apartment complex. The caller described the teens to investigators and the vehicle they were driving, Francis said.

Officers stopped three teens in the area who matched the suspects’ descriptions.

The teens initially claimed they were searching for a friends house in the neighborhood, Francis said. The teens admitted to the break-in when questioned further, he said.

Items that were stolen in the break-in were found in the vehicle driven by the teens, Francis said.

The suspects’ vehicle also matched descriptions given in connection with acts of vandalism in West Ashley, Francis said.

Investigators linked the teens to nine vehicles that had their tires slashed last month on Wendy Lane, Marvin Lane, North Woodmere Drive, West Ashley Circle and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, he said.

The incidents remain under investigation.

Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908 or at Twitter.com/celmorePC.