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Observant University Park neighbor helps thwart robbers

A neighbor helped stop two men after they burglarized two University Park homes early Sunday, according to the Beaufort County Sheriffs Office.

Cameron Andrew Letzinger and Ryan Matthew Lawrence, both 18 and from Bluffton, were charged with felony second-degree burglary and two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle in the University Park neighborhood in Okatie, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

They could be responsible for several other burglaries and could face additional charges, the release said.

A resident of College Park Circle saw three men breaking into a neighbor's home. The men arrived at about 3 a.m. in a silver Nissan Altima, went to the rear of the house, carried out items and departed.

The woman said she knew her neighbors were not home, so she wrote down the car's tag number and called 911, the release said.

Soon, a deputy pulled over the vehicle after spotting it on U.S. 278 near Sawmill Creek Road.

Letzinger, the driver, told deputies that he, Lawrence and another man broke into two vehicles parked in a Student Union Street garage and stole gunpowder and gasoline from the garage of the College Park Circle home, the release said.

Letzinger said he dropped Lawrence off at home after the break-ins.

Deputies found small electronics and other items stolen from the homes in Letzinger's car and at Lawrence's residence, the release said.

Both teens were awaiting bond hearings Monday at the county detention center, according to the jail log.

Follow reporter Cassie Foss at twitter.com/LcBlotter.

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