Beaufort News

Teens charged with vehicle break-ins in Bluffton

Two Bluffton teens were arrested after several vehicle break-ins at Old South Apartments early Tuesday, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

Oscar Ivan Hernandez, 18, and Germain Baltazar, 17, face felony charges of receiving stolen goods and misdemeanor charges of fleeing to evade arrest. Both men were awaiting bond hearings Tuesday at the Beaufort County Detention Center, according to the jail log.

At about 3 a.m., a resident called 911 when he heard his vehicle's alarm go off and saw several people breaking into vehicles in the parking lot near Kellie Court, the release said.

When deputies arrived, they saw two men in the parking lot carrying small electronics. The deputies tried to speak to them, but the men ran, leading to a brief chase that ended with their arrests, according to the release.

Deputies recovered goods determined to have been stolen from vehicles at the complex. Investigators were working Tuesday to identify the owners of the recovered items.

All of the vehicles reportedly broken into Tuesday had been left unlocked, the release said.

Investigators are working to identify four other suspects in the case.

Anyone with information should call Investigator Cpl. J. Garcia at 843-255-3412 or the county dispatch center at 843-524-2777.