Antique Theft in Nighttime Burglary

Two Joanna area men have been charged with the theft of antiques in a nighttime burglary. Charged with 2nd Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny are 37-year-old Kenneth Earl Hamilton of Pinto Road, Joanna, and 39-year-old Christopher Byron Hightower of the 33,000 address range on Highway 76 East, Kinards. They are accused of entering a building on Neighbors Road, Clinton around 10:30 Tuesday night while armed with a pocket knife and taking three antique wooden crates, 24 antique soda bottles and a certificate inside a picture frame. Kenneth Hamilton and Christopher Byron remained in Laurens County’s Johnson Detention Center this morning, awaiting bond hearings on their two charges.