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Lexington K-9’s track suspect after observant police officer finds burglar in the act Friday morning

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – An observant Lexington police officer doing property checks caught a man loading multiple items he was stealing from a business into a car he had also stolen. The suspect fled from the officer on foot into the woods. This sparked a foot chase and manhunt that had officers casting a net over an area from West Main to South Church Streets in the older business district to catch the man. This all occurred just after 3:00 a.m. Friday morning.

The police officer was patrolling off West Main near the Walgreens and the Lexington Driving Academy when he encountered a man loading the items from a business into the vehicle. The suspect, described by one of the officers as a white male with curly hair, who was wearing a black leather jacket and other dark clothing, immediately fled from behind the driving academy’s building and out of sight into some woods. A Lexington police officer gave chase while the on-duty supervisor sent more patrol cars flooding into the area. They requested assistance from Lexington County to staff positions along a perimeter they were setting up. A K-9 officer from Lexington PD was deployed, but the man eventually escaped. It is believed he may have gotten beyond the perimeter before officers could get into place.

Corporal Cameron Mortenson, spokesman for the department, said that the vehicle the man was loading was stolen too. The man had broken into the business, stolen the vehicle’s keys, loaded it with things from the business, and then drove the SUV around the back to load some more items. That’s when the police officer found him there. Mortenson said the suspect is wanted for theft of a motor vehicle, theft from the vehicle, and for burglarizing the business.

Mortenson said that although officers do property checks regularly, it’s important that businesses have security systems to protect them from thieves. It’s also important to make sure that all your business’ windows and doors are securely locked before leaving each workday.

Corporal Mortenson said that the LPD wanted to thank the deputies from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in the incident. Lexington Police Department’s investigation into the incident continues. If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME SC. You can also submit tips at midlandscrimestoppers.com. Just go to that website and navigate to the SUBMIT A TIP tab. You could receive cash if your tip leads to an arrest.

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