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Homeowner comes home to find burglary in progress

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Jamal Helton (L) and Reco Godbolt (Source: Sumter Police Department) Jamal Helton (L) and Reco Godbolt (Source: Sumter Police Department)
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SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Investigators are placing flyers around Sumter to try and find an alleged home invader after police say two men broke into another man's home and the homeowner walked in on them.

It happened in the Idlewild subdivision in Sumter. The man says he came home and saw a suspicious car in the driveway. Before he could call 9-1-1, he was in the middle of a crime.

The man said he checked the car out and took the keys. Then he walked up to his door and realized what was going on. The victim pulled out his cell phone and called 911, then realized he had been spotted. 

Investigators said the two burglars forced the man back to his residence at gunpoint and made him give up the keys to their vehicle.

Police identified the subjects as Reco Godbolt and Jamal Helton. Officers, who heard the 911 call caught the men as they were trying to drive away. 

Police arrested Godbolt, and say Jamal Helton got away with the gun. Sumter police, sled and the sheriff's office searched for Helton for more than an hour. 

"We have not recovered it, so definitely, we would also like to add that this gentleman is to be considered armed and dangerous," said a spokesperson.

Godbolt faces a burglary and attempted kidnapping charge. Police still don't know where Helton is.

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