When a platinum, cultured pearl and diamond Tiffany necklace valued at more than $125,000 was taken from a Kiawah Island home Jan. 8, the victim wondered why the thieves didn't also take a matching $25,000 bracelet and an $8,000 Rolex watch that were nearby.
Altogether, there were six homes burglarized on the island that day.
As it turns out, authorities said, the high-dollar heists weren't the work of professional jewel thieves.
Two Mount Pleasant teenagers have been accused of stealing jewelry, coins and more during the one-day crime spree.
William Heyward McCants, 18, of Bennett Street, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary and four counts of second-degree burglary, said Charleston County sheriff's Maj. John Clark.
McCants was arrested Thursday and was being held in the Cannon Detention Center pending a bond hearing scheduled for today.
Isaac David Waters, 17, of Wando Reach Court, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree burglary, Clark said.
Waters was arrested April 28 and released the next day on a 10 percent, $20,000 surety bond set by Circuit Judge Thomas Hughston. As a condition of his release, Waters is under house arrest and is prohibited from Kiawah Island, sheriff's Detective Nick Wagner said. With this type of bond, his family was able to post $2,000 in cash to obtain his release.
The crime spree began with the two high school seniors taking a day off to attend a friend's funeral but deciding to go to Kiawah instead, Wagner said. McCants attends First Baptist High School and Waters attends Porter-Gaud, Wagner said.
Waters has a parent who lives on Kiawah, the detective said. That is how they were able to get inside the gated community.
According to an incident report filed Jan. 29, the day after the break-ins, the $125,000 Tiffany necklace was among the $132,310 worth of jewelry and coins stolen from a house on Cormorant Island Lane. The complainant in that case was David Michael Waters, the father of one of the teens. Waters is not pressing charges, Wagner said.
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