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West Columbia woman, Cayce man charged with storage unit break-in by Lexington County Sheriff’s Department

Deputies arrested a man and a woman accused of breaking into a storage unit early Tuesday morning.

Jeremy Jivers, 38, and Tanya Kelley, 47, are charged with second-degree burglary, according to arrest warrants. Jivers, a Cayce resident, is also charged with financial identity theft. Kelley, who resides in West Columbia, is also charged with providing false information to law enforcement and drug possession charges.

Jeremy Jivers, and Tanya Kelley

“Deputies were patrolling storage facilities in the St. Andrews area when they saw Jivers and Kelley walking around units in the U-Haul Storage location on Jamil Road,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “A deputy apprehended Kelley first, then other deputies helped detain Jivers near another unit.”

Jivers and Kelley climbed the fence to get into the facility without the owner’s permission, according to Koon. Investigators said the pair was there to steal items from individual storage units.

“Kelley gave deputies a false name while she was detained,” Koon said. “Deputies eventually found pills and meth in Kelley’s bag after she admitted to having needles in her possession.”

Deputies arrested Jivers and Kelley at the storage facility and transported them to the Lexington County Detention Center.

“We plan to keep an eye on the storage facilities along and near the St. Andrews corridor,” Koon said. “We encourage anyone who sees someone or something that looks suspicious, or anything that seems out of place, to give us a call immediately.”