Lexington man, 19, charged with 2 counts first degree burglary

akflanagan@thestate.comFebruary 24, 2014 



— Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies said a 19-year-old Lexington man was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of first degree burglary.

Gavin Wyatt James of 129 Platinum Drive, Lexington, is accused of breaking into a home on Farmdale Drive and a home on Country Oake Road early Monday morning.

According to an arrest warrant, the Farmdale Drive homeowner said James forced open a side door around 3 a.m. Monday and stole one purse and one iPhone. The homeowner told police he saw James run into the woods near his home.

Deputies found the door leading to the kitchen of the Farmdale Road home had been forced open.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said James also entered the rear door of a Country Oak Road home around 3 a.m. Monday and stole five bottles of alcohol, including Tito’s vodka, Pepe Lopez triple sec liqueur, Barefoot wine and Duplin wine.

According to Sheriff Metts, deputies saw James drop several bottles of the alcohol as he ran from an enclosed porch attached to the Country Oak Road home.

Deputies, along with the K-9 Unit, caught James as he tried to jump a fence about 100 yards from the Farmdale Drive home.

Deputies searched the woods and found the purse that had been stolen from the Farmdale Drive home covered up in leaves.

In addition, Sheriff Metts said deputies found James in possession of several Xanax tablets, which he did not have a prescription.

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