Deputies, K9 track man charged with 10 vehicle break-ins

cwinston@thestate.comNovember 20, 2013 

— Sheriff’s deputies in Lexington County said Wednesday they had arrested a 20-year-old responsible for 10 automobile break-ins in West Columbia.

Joshua Michael Randall Hickman, of Vineyard Court, West Columbia, was charged with 10 counts of breaking into a motor vehicle and was being held Wednesday evening at the Lexington County Detention Center on a bond of $50,000.

Hickman was arrested in the early morning hours Monday, when a deputy in an unmarked vehicle saw an interior light on inside a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck on Fox Crossing Road. The deputy requested assistance from K-9 Deputy R.D. Longshore and his dog partner, Injas, who was able to track Hickman to a vehicle on Pebble Creek Drive. The deputy and the dog apprehended Hickman following a brief chase.

Later on Monday, a search warrant executed at Hickman’s home recovered many of the items reported stolen.

Deputies say Hickman was also responsible for the following vehicle break-ins between Nov. 6 and Nov. 18:

Between Nov. 6 and Nov. 7, entering a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and a 2004 Cadillac on Kitti Wake Drive and stealing a Winchester skinning knife and a pair of prescription sunglasses worth a combined $350. The knife was recovered on Hickman;

Between Nov. 6 and Nov. 7, entering a 2009 Toyota Corolla and 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck on Wildflower Lane and stealing a Taylor 314 guitar and one black carrying case worth a combined $2,530. Both were recovered;

Between Nov. 14 and Nov. 15, entering a 2013 Toyota Tundra pickup truck on Blossom View Court and stealing a Millennium GPS worth $150. The device was recovered at Hickman’s home;

Between Nov. 16 and Nov. 17, entering a 2012 Toyota Avalon on Fox Crossing Road and stealing a Garmin GPS, a radar tector and 30 red T-shirts worth less than $2,000 combined. The GPS was later recovered at Hickman’s home;

Between Nov. 16 and Nov. 17, entering a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck and a 2004 GMC Envoy SUV on Fox Crossing Road and stealing a pair of white K-Swiss tennis shoes and a Merle Norman purse worth a combined $125. The shoes were later recovered on Hickman;

Between Nov. 16 and Nov. 17, entering a 2012 Oldsmobile Avenger on Fox Hollow Circle and a Garmin GPS. The device was later recovered at Hickman’s home;

On Nov. 18, entering at 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe pickup truck on Fox Hollow Circle and stealing 23 CDs, one rope and one trailer hitch brake converter worth less than $500 combined. Several items were recovered on Hickman;

On Nov. 18, entering at 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SUV on Pebble Creek Court and stealing one orange Apple iPod worth $200. The device was recovered on Hickman;

On Nov. 18, entering at 2011 GMC pick-up truck on Pebble Creek Court and stealing one camouflauge book bag that contained one deer caller, one laser range finger, one flashlight and one pair of binoculars worth less than $2,000 combined. Some of the items were discovered on Hickman;

Sheriff James Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Hickman to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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