Four arrested in attempted ATM burglary, van theft


WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Two men from Lexington and West Columbia are under arrest for trying to break into an ATM by crashing a stolen van into it, but that's not all.

Deputies say the mother and sister of one of the men were also arrested for hiding him.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said deputies and US Marshals arrested 19-year-old Allen Wayne McCormick of West Columbia, at 6:47pm Thursday at a home on YMCA Road near Lexington, where he was found hiding in a bedroom.

Deputies also arrested 22-year-old Brandon Gerald Cooke of Lexington at 12:30pm on Friday.

McCormick is charged with burglary, grand larceny, attempted grand larceny, malicious injury to real property and criminal conspiracy. Cooke has similar charges, Metts says.

Both men are being held at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

Investigators say they discovered McCormick's mother, 39-year-old Frances Melissa Kelly of Lexington, had driven McCormick from Lugoff to Lexington on Wednesday. Metts says Kelly told investigators that she had not seen her son and had not driven him to Lexington.

McCormick's sister, 21-year-old Ashley Danielle McCormick, also told investigators she had not seen her brother, Metts said. However, Ashley McCormick accompanied Kelly when they drove to Lugoff to pick up McCormick.

Investigators arrested Kelly and Ashley McCormick Thursday on a charge of obstructing justice, Metts said.

Warrants say Kelly and Ashley McCormick knew Allen was wanted when they made false statements to investigators concerning the whereabouts of McCormick.

Kelly and Ashley McCormick were being held on Friday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings, Metts said.

Metts says Cooke and McCormick unsuccessfully tried to break into a Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union ATM on Platt Springs Road on Saturday, April 19.

Cooke and Allen McCormick stole the van used in the burglary from White Knoll Baptist Church in Lexington, Metts said.

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