Three suspects have taken into custody by Town of Lexington Police Department for their alleged involvement in several recent burglaries, grand larcenies, and vandalism cases in Lexington – and social media was a big part of the investigation.
Andrew Thomas Goff, age 34 of Leesville; Cynthia T. Sallee, age 39 of Leesville; and Frederick Nerini, age 42 of Lexington were arrested in connection with the break-ins and robberies. Nerini was arrested on July 11, thanks to tips provided to the Lexington Police after the suspects photographs were posted on the department social media. The other two suspects were apprehended early this week.
“The use of social media has been a powerful tool for the Lexington Police Department in quickly identifying those who are involved in crimes with the community’s help,” Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green said in a department release. “This allows detectives to work through cases with unknown subjects quickly and in these incidents in particular, detectives recovered nearly $30,000 of stolen property which was then given back to their owners. We really appreciate our community stepping up over and over again to assist us in keeping the Town of Lexington safe.”
The incidents occurred between July 4 and July 6, as detectives were able to find surveillance video showing multiple people involved. The suspects were seen driving three vehicles, including one truck that had stolen both trailers from Public Storage.
On the afternoon of July 6, officers were dispatched to the Public Storage at 4935 Sunset Blvd. in Lexington, and The Harvest, 4865 Sunset Blvd., after reports that both places had been burglarized and vandalized and multiple items stolen.
Officers found that the exterior fence at Public Storage had been cut and locks had been removed from several storage units. Numerous items were taken from the storage units, including fine china, carved animal figures, and crystal ware. Two trailers were also stolen. The value of all items taken from Public Storage was more than $21,000.
At The Harvest, officers found an outdoor shed had been broken into. Lawn equipment, a golf cart, and other items valued at more than $7,000 were taken.
Images of the vehicles involved and the stolen trailers were shared on the Lexington Police Department social media on July 9, and tips were provided to the detectives leading to the identification of the suspects involved.
Detectives of the Lexington Police Department, working together with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, interviewed Frederick Nerini, Andrew Goff, and Cynthia Sallee about their involvement in these cases. Detectives were able to recover all of the stolen items, which were being kept at two residences in Lexington County.
Goff was charged with two counts of burglary third-degree, four counts of grand larceny, two counts of vandalism, criminal conspiracy, and driving under suspension. Sallee has been charged with grand larceny and criminal conspiracy, while Nerini has been charged with two counts of grand larceny and criminal conspiracy.