Four Arrested in Rimer Pond Burglaries

BLYTHEWOOD – Four Columbia men were arrested by Richland County deputies last week following a series of break-ins along Rimer Pond Road in Blythewood.

Deputies responded to a burglar alarm call at 269 Rimer Pond Road just after 1 p.m. Jan. 24 and found the front door of the home had been forced open. Almost immediately, deputies in the area received a call of a suspicious vehicle cruising Miles Oak Lane. Deputies on patrol spotted the car, described by the Sheriff’s Department as a silver Chevrolet, speeding down Grover Wilson Road and onto Langford Road, where deputies were able to initiate a traffic stop.

Inside the car, deputies discovered a cache of electronics, stolen from 269 Rimer Pond Road, 321 Rimer Pond Road and 1125 NE Miles Road, the Sheriff’s Department said. Items included a 40-inch flat screen television, a 21-inch television, computer equipment and a video game system.

Arrested were Andre Cornelius, 40; James Montgomery, 44; Rolland Graves, 40; and Larry Alston, 18. Cornelius is charged with two counts of larceny, two counts of burglary and driving under suspension. Montgomery is charged with two counts each of larceny and burglary. Graves is charged with receiving stolen goods, larceny and two counts of burglary. Alston is charged with two counts each of larceny and burglary. All four were transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The Sheriff’s Department said additional charges may be forthcoming against all four men as they are suspected of an additional string of burglaries.