Gaffney police charge man with 40-60 car break-ins

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GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – The Gaffney Police Department has arrested a man in connection with 40 to 60 car break-ins. Detective Cody Turner says this is the biggest car break-in case he’s worked on in his 13 years in the police department.

7News has received surveillance footage from a Gaffney business which said it was affected. Down the street, Warren Harrison, owner of Performance Automotive, said his business has been hit on several occasions as well.

“It annoys you, because I have a few clients who are really upset about this. They even threatened to never come back. It’s just a problem that’s happening on the street, ”Harrison said.

Detective Turner said they believed Eddie Sutton was responsible for a series of recent break-ins at several auto and body repair shops. He says they were able to determine this from surveillance videos of companies and Sutton wearing the same clothes in all of the videos.

“With the clothes that we were able to determine, hey, this is our same guy. We have lost height, weight. Often times they will change, especially over a month, ”Detective Turner said.

Turner said the first break-in was on October 23 and Sutton was arrested on November 20. He said Sutton has received 18-19 warrants so far. Turner said he faces several counts of malicious damage, cutting fences at body shops, and breaking into cars.

“I believe that with a car break-in, you could face 3 to 5 years,” Turner said.

Turner said Sutton was looking for money or valuables. At Performance Automotive, Harrison said $ 40 to $ 50 has been taken from its customers. He said he also had to pay around $ 500 to fix his fence. Harrison said break-ins are becoming a thing every week.

“He didn’t completely close the car doors. That way you would know overnight that a car door was open, that he was here again, ”Harrison said.

He said he wanted customers to know that they were doing everything possible to keep everything safe in his store.

“We keep the fences locked every night, keep the cars locked, try to keep video cameras on everything and try to keep an eye on things,” he said.

Harrison said he was more than grateful for the Gaffney Police Department and everything they did to get this guy off the streets.

Turner said Sutton is expected to have a bail hearing on Thursday. He said they were still hearing more victims and finding more cars on surveillance footage.

The Gaffney Police Department encourages everyone to lock their doors, especially during this time of year, and take all your valuables inside.

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