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BCSO: 2 drunk men vandalize businesses

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Anthony Michael Rocco and Matthew Curtis Schoen (Source: BCSO) Anthony Michael Rocco and Matthew Curtis Schoen (Source: BCSO)
Matthew Curtis Schoen (Source: BCSO) Matthew Curtis Schoen (Source: BCSO)
Anthony Michael Rocco (Source: BCSO) Anthony Michael Rocco (Source: BCSO)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

Two Texas men were arrested early Saturday morning in connection with $10,000 worth of damage to several businesses on Hilton Head Island's south end.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said that Anthony Michael Rocco and Matthew Curtis Schoen, both 33, of Austin, Texas, were identified in video surveillance footage and charged with five counts of malicious injury to property.

Deputies responded just after 8 a.m. Saturday to TD Bank at 62 New Orleans Rd., after an employee found a window at the bank had been broken. It looked as if bench from elsewhere had been used to smash the window, according to the BCSO.

Deputies determined four other businesses nearby in the Executive Center at 1 Corpus Christie Dr. had also been vandalized: Hilton Head Island Realty, Bill Jones Realty, and Lowcounty Realty and Rentals.

The businesses had smashed windows and doors, overturned garbage cans and damaged lighting/signage. An ashtray had been thrown through front glass window at Regions Bank at 18 Pope Ave.

Investigators reviewed surveillance video from Regions Bank, which showed a white male damaging the property. A tip from a witness led investigators to the Metropolitan Hotel at 36 S. Forest Beach Dr. Staff confirmed that the man in the surveillance footage was hotel guest.

Hotel staff told deputies that he and another man had returned to the hotel at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday and that both men were disheveled, wearing wet clothing and had several cuts on their arms.

Deputies contacted Anthony Michael Rocco and Matthew Curtis Schoen at their hotel room. in They told deputies that they were in town from Austin for a wedding and had gone out Friday night for drinks. They said they had been drinking alcohol and became disoriented, which resulted in them falling into a pond and getting lost in the woods.

Rocco and Schoen said they had vandalized the businesses with the intention of going inside to keep warm but never got into any of the buildings, according to the BCSO.

Damage estimates are more than $10,000. Rocco and Schoen were subsequently arrested on five counts of malicious injury to property.

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