Crimestoppers tip leads to arrests in vehicle theft - - Columbia, South Carolina

Crimestoppers tip leads to arrests in vehicle theft

(Source: Lexington-Richland School District Five) (Source: Lexington-Richland School District Five)

Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested two men on Wednesday in connection with the theft of a silver 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle, which was worth $11,000, that was reported stolen from a home on Cedar Vale Drive near Lexington.

The arrests resulted from a tip that was provided via CrimeStoppers of the Midlands.

Lexington County Sheriff A. Lewis McCarty said the CrimeStoppers tip led deputies to an area in West Columbia, where deputies saw the two men riding in the stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee on Wednesday afternoon.

The two men abandoned the stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee on Alexander Street and ran away from the vehicle, which deputies recovered.

Deputies arrested one of the two men at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday near Alexander Street, McCarty said.

Deputies in cooperation with the Cayce Department of Public Safety and West Columbia Police Department conducted a manhunt for the second man along Dreher Road and Alexander Street.

The manhunt included the use of a helicopter for aerial surveillance. Deputies arrested the second man at about 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

McCarty said the names of the two men will be released after they formally are charged in connection with the theft of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen from outside the Cedar Vale Drive home between 11 p.m. on August 7 and 7:15 a.m. on August 8.

The vehicle had been left unlocked, with a spare key for the vehicle stored in the vehicle's center console.

McCarty said detectives are investigating whether the two men were involved in additional property crimes that have been committed on Cedar Vale Drive and other residential neighborhoods in the Lexington community.

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