Duo charged in string of car break-ins

L to R: Taunton and McClenton (provided)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- An observant citizen told police they saw two men looking into cars in a parking lot and now two men are facing several larceny charges.

According to a police report, the men were seen looking in the windows of cars at the Chinese Buffet parking lot in Northwoods Plaza off Rivers Avenue. A witness told police the men had been looking around for about an hour and a half.

Police found the men inside the restaurant and led them off in handcuffs to their car. That where police say they found several items that ended up being stolen from a car that had been parked at the La Hacienda parking lot on Dorchester Road.

The suspects, 23-year-old Julian Taunton and 34-year-old Shawndell McClenton are each charged with eight counts of breaking into cars, three counts of grand larceny and five counts of petty larceny.

According to court records, Taunton has been given a total of $10,000 for the petty larceny charges. McClenton has been given a $375 bond for the same petty larceny charges.

Police say Taunton is the owner of the Nissan Maxima in which they found the stolen items.