Jerry “Cotton” Raymond Gillespie, 26, of 281 Dublin Lane, Pickens, is charged with seven counts of burglary second degree, nine counts of simple larceny and 1 count of malicious damage to property.
Robin Shanai Holden, 19, of 950 Cherry Street, Pendleton, is charged with seven counts of burglary second degree, nine counts of simple larceny and one count of malicious damage to property.
Police said the charges stem from a number of burglaries that took place at business in and around the town of Norris on May 4.
The Norris businesses affected include Pam’s Used Cars, Margaret’s Restaurant, C&S Recycling, Harris Auto Parts, and Enviro Mulch, police said.
Police allege that the suspects damaged or stole property at S & K Automotive and Monks Corner café.
The suspects allegedly gained entry to the businesses by breaking through doors or climbing through windows to access the offices of the businesses, police said.
Police said a variety of items were stolen, included money, automobile batteries, a safe, car titles and paperwork.
Two businesses on Gentry Memorial Highway — West Specialty Products and Blue Ridge Automotive — were also burglarized. The burglars took batteries and some money from those businesses, police said.
A Liberty business, Harris Automotive, was also burglarized. Thieves stole a safe containing some vehicle titles, police said.
Two Pendleton area businesses, Dyar’s Diner and Granny’s Kitchen, were also broken into, police said.
Police said items dropped from a vehicle at one crime scene revealed the vehicle belonged to Holden.
Gillespie and Holden also face pending charges in Anderson County for the Pendleton area burglaries, police said.
Police said citizen participation in the investigation was crucial in the apprehension of the suspects.
As of press time, the suspects were being held at the Pickens County Detention Center.