Orangeburg church burglary suspect arrested

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Orangeburg, SC (WCBD) – Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says a Fairfield County man has been charged after his electronic monitoring device indicated he was present when a local church was burglarized.

“This individual had been placed on electronic monitoring for crimes committed in his home county,” the sheriff said. “But we have him tracked to Orangeburg County on the night and time of a break in at a Santee church.”

Levond Keitt, 33, of Winnsboro, is charged with first-degree burglary, malicious injury to a place of worship, petit larceny and financial identity fraud.

Members of the Shepherd’s Field Christian Church called investigators on Dec. 10, 2018 after discovering someone had forced entry into their facility.

Keitt was under electronic monitoring after a 2017 home invasion. Bond was initially denied, but later placed at $125,000 and electronic monitoring in circuit court.

Electronics and financial instruments were reported to be missing from the facility.

While investigators were on the scene, the church was contacted by a Columbia-area convenience store after someone was attempting to cash a check belonging to the church for $3,500.

Investigators developed a possible suspect, who they then learned was on electronic monitoring.

When investigators contacted the company who keep track of the monitors, they learned the Fairfield County man’s monitor indicated he was at the church on the night of the break in.

Bond for Keitt was denied Wednesday, with the decision deferred to a circuit court judge.

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