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2 Bluffton teens charged with grand larceny after burglarizing luxury car dealership, police say

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Two Bluffton men were arrested and charged Monday with stealing two cars from a BMW dealership in Bluffton, a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office release said.

On Sunday, Hilton Head BMW employees noticed a 2019 BMW 860i valued at $130,000 and a 2016 BMW 535xi valued at $35,000 were missing.

After receiving a tip, deputies located the stolen 2019 BMW and a suspect in the Hilton Head Walmart parking lot Monday, the release said.

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Alan Gonzalez-Moreno (left) and Ulises Bellino (right) Beaufort County Detention Center

When questioned by deputies, Alan Gonzalez-Moreno, 18, admitted to stealing the car, according to the release. He also told deputies that 17-year-old Ulises Bellino was with him during the burglary and stole the other car.

Bellino was arrested at a Bluffton residence later that day and admitted stealing the car, the release said. The 2016 BMW was found at a nearby church on Malphrus Road, the release said.

Both men were taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center and charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny. Gonzalez-Moreno was also charged with simple possession of marijuana at the time of his arrest.

Gonzalez-Moreno’s total bond is $50,615; Bellino’s is $50,000.

Both remained incarcerated as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the jail log.

The cars were returned to the dealership.

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Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.
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