Police arrest driver of stolen vehicle that crashed into building

Damage to the building
Damage to the building

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Police said a car found wrecked on the side of a Benedict College building Friday morning was stolen.

Detectives arrested and charged 48-year-old Robert Jenkins Jr. with grand larceny of a motor vehicle. Police said the injuries visible his mugshot were sustained in the crash.

Police Chief Randy Scott stated that Jenkins stole a 2002 Ford Explorer from the 800 block of Harden Street around 12:30am. He went on to say the Explorer was left running and unsecured when it was stolen.

An officer found the car after it had crashed through a barrier and into the building on Benedict's campus. Police said Jenkins abandoned the car after the crash and fled.

Chief Scott said he was later found and detained after an officer recognized Jenkins - based off a description released to authorities.

Chief Scott is urging drivers not to leave their vehicles unattended, especially when they're running, and offers a few other tips to keep you and your car from becoming a target.

  • Do not leave valuables or packages on the seats or in plain view. Place all packages in the trunk if they must be left in vehicle
  • Park in well lit areas, never park in isolated or dark areas of any parking lot
  • Always make sure your vehicle is secured (windows up, doors locked, and if applicable, alarm engaged)
  • Never leave vehicle running while unattended, even if your doors are locked
  • Do not leave vehicle keys in the trunk of vehicle while loading or unloading
  • Place cellular telephones, GPS units, and other electronics out of sight

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