South Carolina teens stole 43 firearms in smash and grab
By Jennifer Cruz
Sahier Richardson (left) and Juran Withersoon (right), both 18 years old, participated in a smash and grab of a gun shop last year. (Photo: Greenville County Detention Center)
A South Carolina teen admitted in court Tuesday to the part he played in a smash-and-grab at a Simpsonville gun shop last year in which 43 firearms were stolen.
Sahier Richardson, 18, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from the burglary, while his co-defendant, Juran Witherspoon, 18, previously pleaded guilty.
Richardson, who will be sentenced at a later date, faces up to 10 years in prison. Witherspoon was sentenced in May to serve 30 months in prison and pay $48,000 in restitution.
According to an affidavit, Richardson, Witherspoon, and a third suspect used a stolen minivan to ram into the front of The Gun Shop on Oct. 13. Once inside, they used sledgehammers and baseball bats to smash display cases and grab more than three dozen guns. The suspects then took off in another getaway vehicle, leaving the minivan behind.
The break-in occurred just before 3 a.m. and lasted less than a minute.
Investigators were able to identify and locate the two suspects using GPS tracking from a second stolen vehicle and surveillance video. In