A Kershaw County man who broke into a Cassatt store was caught thanks to a snack-food trail that authorities said led them right to his home.
Kershaw County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Cassatt Country Store during the early morning hours of January 6, after a man delivering fuel noticed the front glass door of the store had been shattered. Investigators determined that a person later identified as 19-year-old Austin Presler had broken into the store and had stolen beer, cigarettes, snack foods, and energy drinks.
During the burglary, Presler broke open a bag of Cheetos— leaving several of the cheesy snacks strewn on the floor of the store. Surveillance video showed a white car speeding away from the scene. Deputies began a foot search from the store and went to a home located nearby, where they spotted a similar white car. The investigators said they also found more fresh Cheetos on the front porch.
During a search of the home, deputies said they discovered Presler in a room along with the items stolen from the store. He was taken into custody and charged with 2nd-degree burglary. He was later released on a $10,000 bond.