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Lexington County crime spree ends with one in custody

Cayce, SC (Paul Kirby) – One suspects is in custody after a number of stores were robbed in Lexington County Saturday night and into Sunday morning. The suspect, along with others, are also suspected of hitting the Corner Pantry store on Charleston Highway near the Pilot Truck Stop in the city of Cayce, according to the Byron Snellgrove, the city’s director of public safety. They may also have been involved in several armed robberies near interstate exits in another county.

According to law enforcement officials, the suspects are believed to have held up a Dollar General last night before they then continued on toward the interstate. It is believed they eventually may have held up several other stores before hitting the Corner Pantry in Cayce. At one location, someone got a tag number and a good description of the car. The car appeared to match the same late 1980’s gold Honda that had been used in the robbery of the Dollar General in Gaston on Tuesday of last week. That tag that was on the vehicle was also registered to a car that had a Gaston address, although it is believed the Honda was stolen from another jurisdiction.

Eventually, a law enforcement officers got behind the suspects somewhere near Charleston Hwy. and Hwy. 321 South, and attempted to stop the suspects. The bandits initiated a pursuit that eventually extended into Calhoun County. The fleeing suspects were eventually stopped on Sugar Hill Rd. very close to the address where the car’s plate was registered. One of the suspects was eventually taken into custody. As of approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning, law enforcement officers were still searching for at least one more. It is not known if that suspect is in custody now.

At this point, we know that the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, the Cayce Department of Public Safety, and the Gaston Police Department have all been involved in this case and its subsequent investigation. There are also several other jurisdictions that may eventually have charges for the suspects.

The investigation into this crime spree continues. If you have any information regarding these crimes and suspects, you are urged to contact CRIME STOPPERS at 1-888-Crime SC.

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