Richland County authorities say they've charged a suspect in a series of eight burglaries since July in the Two Notch Road/Decker Boulevard/Parklane Road area.
42-year-old Rondy Spann was dubbed the “Railroad Track Burglar” because he was often spotted walking along the tracks near where burglaries occurred, causing him to be a prime suspect.
He was actually arrested October 15th on charges of trespassing on railroad property.
Using DNA evidence and other forensics techniques, investigators then tied Spann to an October 1st burglary at The Office UPS store at 9003 Two Notch Road, where money and stamps were stolen.
Sheriff's Deputy Curtis Wilson says eventually Spann was linked to seven more burglaries at various businesses, mostly along Two Notch Road.
“It was a crime of opportunity for him where would smash the front glass door of these businesses, go inside looking for anything of value – whether it would be money or merchandise or items – and then he would flee the area,” Wilson says.
The estimated total of damages and items stolen in those burglaries amounts to $11,385.