A Saluda man was served more than a dozen burglary-related warrants in Aiken County on Tuesday for his alleged role in a multi-county burglary ring that was busted last year, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
Tonnie Pace, 33, of Old Charleston Highway in Saluda, was charged with four counts of first-degree burglary, nine counts of second-degree burglary and five counts of grand larceny. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center.
Capt. Troy Elwell said Pace was serving time on related charges and was transported to Aiken County to be served the warrants here. Pace was serving a 15-year sentence in Saluda County on burglary charges, according to the S.C. Department of Corrections.
Pace and a second man, 42-year-old Stacy Walker, were identified as the ones responsible for 13 residential burglaries in Aiken County from November 2011 to February 2012, according to previous reports.
The two men allegedly broke into homes in Aiken, Graniteville, Ridge Spring, Monetta and Batesburg, and took televisions, computers and other electronics, cash and jewelry, according to reports from the Sheriff’s Office.
Pace and Walker were two of six people arrested and charged in March 2012 in connection with nearly 100 burglaries in Saluda, Greenwood, Newberry, Lexington and Spartanburg counties. The other four individuals were detained on charges associated with possession of the items stolen from the homes.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.