Lexington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men Wednesday in connection with a motor vehicle theft after receiving a tip from CrimeStoppers of the Midlands.
Major John Allard, a department spokesman, said the vehicle was reported stolen from a home on Cedar Vale Drive, near Jessamine Road, last Friday.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee, estimated to cost $11,000, was left unlocked with a spare key in the vehicle’s center console, according to Allard.
Allard said the tip led deputies to an area in West Columbia where the two men were seen driving the vehicle. Deputies were able to recover the vehicle after the two suspects abandoned it on Alexander Street and ran.
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Deputies located and arrested one of the suspects at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday near Alexander Street, according to Sheriff Lewis McCarty.
With the help of a helicopter for air surveillance, a manhunt ensued for the second suspect which involved officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Cayce Department of Public Safety and the West Columbia Police Department.
Allard said deputies arrested the second man along Dreher Road and Alexander Street at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday.
McCarty said the names of the two men will be released after they are formally charged in connection with the theft of the vehicle. He also said detectives are investigating if the two were involved in additional property crimes committed on Cedar Vale Drive and other residential neighborhoods in the Lexington community.