Siblings who gained nationwide attention for stealing three puppies from an upstate South Carolina shelter are once again in trouble with the law, Fox Carolina reported April 3.
Kenneth, Randle, Cassidy and Taylor Lewis and Perry Sprayberry were arrested in connection to a March 26 burglary of a storage shed on Stewart Street in Pelzer. Sprayberry is the boyfriend of Cassidy Lewis.
All five have been charged Tuesday with third-degree burglary and petty larceny. Sprayberry is the only one of the group to be released on bond at this time.
Once again CCTV has been their downfall. Less than an hour after a $250 welder was stolen from the storage building, the group was captured on video trying to sell it at a Greenville County scrap metal dealer.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper released a statement to media saying
"All crimes are significant and, as law enforcement officers, we are charged with enforcing the laws to limit those crimes. If small-time thieves are not caught and penalized early, they may end up as big-time thieves, or they may move on to other more serious crimes such as armed robbery."
The siblings defended their actions after the March 12 theft of three puppies from Anderson County PAWS saying they consider themselves as rescuers who were saving the pups from euthanasia.
It would appear what the siblings say and what CCTV captures of their true actions are in direct conflict. Rita Smith, the Pelzer woman whose welder was stolen, told Fox Carolina the young adults need to remain in jail.
"I don't think they're innocent, I think they need to be in jail. Because they're going to keep on stealing and then something bad - it's going to lead to something worse. I think they deserve to be in jail."
Smith says residents in her area are now afraid to live in their Pelzer neighborhood.
The Lewis siblings remain at the Anderson County Detention Center under $8,000 bond.