Two arrested in multi-county burglary spree

COUNTY — Two women have been arrested after a string of burglaries stretching throughout multiple counties, according to Pickens County Sheriff’s deputies.

According to a release from the PCSO, deputies arrested Brenda Gail Branham of 2833 Pumpkintown Highway in Pickens on July 13, charging her with multiple counts of burglary in Pickens County.

During the course of their investigation, sheriff’s office detectives discovered that Branham, along with Carolyn Jean Rodriguez, were suspects in burglaries committed in multiple counties across South Carolina. Rodriguez was found inside a home in Horry County during a burglary and arrested, deputies said.

A variety of items were stolen during the burglaries, including jewelry, money, televisions and more than 30 firearms. Nearly half of the stolen firearms were handguns.

Most of the weapons were taken from the counties of Pickens, Newberry, Saluda, Aiken and Marlboro, deputies said. The stolen weapons have been recovered by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
Branham is currently incarcerated at the Pickens County Detention Center awaiting bond. Rodriguez is in custody at the Horry County Detention Center on burglary charges. She faces additional charges in Pickens County and other jurisdictions around the state. The case is still under investigation.