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Two arrested in Bluffton house burglary

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Brandon Warren, Javon Winston (Source: BCSO) Brandon Warren, Javon Winston (Source: BCSO)
Brandon Warren (Source: BCSO) Brandon Warren (Source: BCSO)
Javon Winston (Source: BCSO) Javon Winston (Source: BCSO)
BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

Two Bluffton teens have been arrested in connection with a burglary Wednesday afternoon at a home in Fern Lakes subdivision in Bluffton.

Brandon Thomas Warren, 18, and Javon Vincent Winston, 19, were arrested on charges of first-degree burglary in connection with the break-in at home on Fernlakes Drive.

The homeowner told the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office that he left his house at 1 p.m. Wednesday and noticed to black males walking into the subdivision. About an hour and half later, he got back and went up to his home and saw the same two guys in his backyard.

The suspects appeared to have been carrying items out of the home and stockpiling them under a tree in the yard, according to the sheriff's office. The homeowner confronted them and they ran and jumped into a pond behind the house.  

Winston swam across the pond. But Warren couldn't swim, and the homeowner rescued him from the water, according to the sheriff's office. Warren was held at gunpoint as the homeowner called 911.

He was then taken into custody without incident. A perimeter was set up and deputies conducted searched the area for about two hours for Winston. He wasn't found.

He was located just before 8 p.m. Wednesday as he was leaving his home on Lawton Street and was taken into custody without incident, according to the BCSO.  

It is believed that all but one of the handguns stolen from the victim's home has been recovered. A search for that missing gun resumes Thursday in Fern Lakes. The BCSO's Dive Team will search the pond.

Winston and Warren are also suspected in the Oct. 29 burglary of a home in the Meadowbrook subdivision in Bluffton, according to the sheriff's office. A handgun was also stolen from that home, but it was later recovered after Winston accidently shot himself in the foot with it on Nov, 10, according to the sheriff's office.

A bond hearing for the suspects was held Thursday morning. Both men are being held on $100,000 bond.

More charges are likely as the burglary investigation continues.

To report crime, call CrimeStoppers at 888.CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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