South Congaree Police Department thank the community and The Lexington Ledger for helping locate a b
South Congaree, SC (Paul Kirby) - The South Congaree Police Department wants to thank the public who quickly recognized a burglary suspect after his picture was released in The Lexington Ledger Thursday causing him to make arrangements to turn himself in. He and a member of Fitness Anytime named Ronald Mays entered the gym near Main and Pine Streets in the town on October 15, 2018 at 3:00 a.m. and broke into the business’ office. Mays acted as a lookout inside the office while the other man stole several miscellaneous items like jump ropes, some old flip flops, a phone charger, protein shakes, and a few other small items. They apparently either didn’t realize Mays’ membership card recorded who entered and when or that they were on video surveillance.
Once the picture of the suspect was released in The Ledger, Police Chief Josh Shumpert said that he received a call from the suspect himself within several hours saying that he, his friends, and family had seen the photo and that he assumed the police new who he was and where to find him. Chief Shumpert said that the help of the community through their interaction with The Ledger made all the difference in solving this crime. Warrants are being issued for the man that the public identified, and Mays’ warrants are already drawn up.