Dorchester County authorities say a band of teenagers is responsible for breaking into at least 18 cars in the Summerville area.
Investigators charged two 19-year-olds and two 14-year-olds with at least one break-in each and said they expected more arrests in the days to come.
So far only one of the suspects is charged in all of the break-ins. Dorchester County Sheriff's Office's investigators charged Francis Luke Havlin, 19, of Summerville with 16 counts of theft from a motor
16 counts of theft from a motor vehicle for break-ins that occurred in the Ashborough East, Ashborough, Summerville on the Ashley and White Church Place neighborhoods.
Capt. James Nettles said they had Havlin and two juveniles under surveillance after receiving a tip that they were involved in several area break-ins.
Havlin and Michael Noel Stokes, 19, of Summerville face their most serious charge in Summerville, where police charged both with first-degree burglary and two counts each of theft from a motor vehicle.
Havlin, Stokes and a juvenile are accused of entering the garage of a house in the Irongate subdivision May 22 and stealing a gun and other items from inside the car.
Authorities said the three broke into another car in the Irongate subdivision that same morning. The victim reported that he saw three young men riding bikes away from the scene.
Summerville police affidavits state Havlin told investigators he, Stokes and the juvenile committed both thefts.
The Sheriff's Office also charged Havlin with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly giving marijuana to the juveniles.