Teen arrested in recent auto break-ins


On Wednesday, Sumter Police Department made an arrest in connection to a string of break-ins and a vehicle theft in the Burkett and Bobs drives area of the city.

Quanlik Shameek Moqwell Kennedy, 18, of 1100 Flamingo Road, is charged with grand larceny, first-degree burglary, unlawful carrying of a pistol and five counts of breaking and entering a vehicle. He is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center pending bond.

According to a news release from the police department, Kennedy and another teen are accused of breaking into multiple vehicles between Sept. 29 and 30.

Items reportedly stolen include financial transaction cards, cash and handguns among other things.

During one incident, the teens allegedly entered the side door of a residence, where they found the keys of a 2017 Dodge Journey and stole the vehicle. The Dodge was later recovered by police.

Warrants are being issued for 18-year-old Jayshawn Easterling of Sumter, who allegedly assisted Kennedy in these incidents.

Easterling is already being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on an unrelated attempted murder charge after a 15-year-old girl was shot during the weekend at a house on Flamingo Road.

An investigation is continuing.