Man Charged in 5-Year-Old Burglary Case

A former Laurens resident was placed in the Laurens County Detention Center this morning in connection with a Burglary in Laurens over five years ago. Laurens City Police received the man from Greenville overnight, where he was dismissed after serving time on a sentence there. At 2:35 this morning  Rodney O’Bryant Pitts, listing a home address at 1360 Rutherford Road, Greenville was placed in the Laurens County Detention Center, charged with Burglary and with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Laurens Detective Tony Lynch states that Rodney O. Pitts broke into the residence of a man at Laurens Terrace Apartments on November 5th, 2007 and stole a 32 caliber pistol, a 22 caliber rifle, a 12 gage Smith and Wesson shotgun, a 16 gage shotgun and one small safe. Detective Lynch further alleges that Rodney Pitts enticed, induced and coerced a 14-year-old juvenile to commit a burglary by breaking the back door in at the residence, where they stole and carried away the firearms.

  The resident had told Laurens Police that he was out of his apartment between 2 pm and 7:30 pm on November 5th, 2007. He returned to notice the rear door was broken.  Master Patrolman James Nolen noted that someone had attempted to move a rear a/c unit from the window, but it was too well secured. Several foot prints had been left by subjects from an attempt to break through a dead bolt. The hinges on the door had failed due to the force used by the subjects.

  Rodney Pitts is being held pending arraignment on the Burglary and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor charges.