Crime & Courts

Man charged in theft of money for charity

Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old Lexington man on charges that he broke into a home near Lexington and stole cash and checks totaling nearly $4,000 that were intended to be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies charged Patrick Jordan Fontaine, 17, of 117 Hill Springs Court, Lexington, with first-degree burglary and grand larceny.

The Oak Drive homeowner told Chappell that someone had kicked in the door to an office at the rear of the home and stole six checks totaling $2,770 that had been written to Harvest Hope Food Bank as well as $1,154 in cash that was intended as donations to Harvest Hope.

The checks and cash reflected proceeds from Santa Land, which was set up on Oak Drive at the Barnyard Flea Market in order to raise money for Harvest Hope, Metts said.

- Staff Reports