A juvenile was detained after he confessed to breaking into several cars in the Kensington neighborhood early on Friday, including one in which he allegedly left a note for the owner, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
The juvenile was booked and released to his father on Friday morning, according to an incident report.
Officers saw the suspect walking into the McDonald’s on Whiskey Road and realized he matched the description of a suspect in several vehicle break-ins that occurred earlier, according to a report.
A homeowner on Vanderbilt Drive reported about 2:15 a.m. on Friday that someone had entered her unlocked vehicle but hadn’t taken anything, according to the report.
Four other homeowners on Vanderbilt Drive and one on Surrey Park Drive reported that their vehicles had been broken into.
While patrolling the neighborhood, officers saw doors of vehicles left open at two homes on Vanderbilt Drive and one home on Surrey Park Drive.
A Gatorade bottle was found in one of the vehicles, but the owner said it wasn’t his, police said.
One homeowner called police after a neighbor notified her that her garage and car doors were open, police said.
Officers saw that the center console was open, and items had been placed on the driver’s seat, including two pills of the victim’s medication.
“A note had been written on the paper that read ‘pills are bad’ with an arrow pointing at the two pills,” the report stated.
The clerk at a convenience store at the intersection of Whiskey Road and Powderhouse Road told officers a male juvenile wearing gray shorts and a blue shirt had been in the store shortly before the vehicle break-ins and purchased a white Gatorade, the same type of drink found in one of the vehicles, police said.
A juvenile matching that description was seen entering the McDonald’s on Whiskey Road about 4 a.m. on Friday.
When confronted by officers, the juvenile told officers he had been locked out of his house and was walking around because no one would let him in, according to the report.
Officers told him the store locks its doors at a certain hour and that there was no way he could have been there.
“After realizing that he had been caught in numerous lies and that there was mounting evidence against him, (the suspect) stated that he wanted to talk to me,” the officer wrote.
The suspect then confessed to breaking into the cars so he could get money for food, according to the report.
When writing a statement, the suspect confessed to breaking into “less than 10 or 12 cars” in the Kensington neighborhood, police said.
He also admitted to leaving the note about the bad pills, even though officers never confronted him with the piece of evidence.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.