Suspects sought, more charges filed in business break-ins

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Suspects sought, more charges filed in business break-ins

Published Friday, December 16, 2011   |  264 Words  |  

More charges have been filed against a man arrested this week in connection with burglaries at Bluffton businesses, and police are searching for two more suspects possibly involved in the crimes, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Alexander Staple, 33, of Bluffton faces additional charges of second-degree burglary and petit theft because of DNA matches collected from evidence found at Attractive Hair Studio in Bluffton, which was burglarized in early November, a news release said.

Staple is in the Beaufort County Detention Center on felony property-crime charges. He was charged after undercover officers bought a stolen computer from him and another from his brother, Steven Staple, 39, who also was charged with property crimes. The computers were taken in recent break-ins, officers said.

Police also are searching for a man suspected of burglary and a woman suspected of being an accessory after the fact in a break-in Tuesday at Ultimate Car Wash in Bluffton.

Jonathan Shipes, 27, and Megan Zilko, 27, both of Beaufort, were identified by video surveillance and are believed to be in Hardeeville driving a dark green 1994 Nissan King Cab XE, a news release said.

The developments in the case are the result of an investigation of the Joint Burglary Task Force Investigation, which includes Beaufort County Sheriff's Office and the Bluffton Police Department officers. The task force is investigating dozens of business break-ins in southern Beaufort County that started in October.

Anyone with information should call Bluffton police Sgt. Joe Babkiewicz at 843-706-4550 or county dispatch at 843-757-3499.