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Pelion Police Department makes arrest in case that started with the suspect stealing gasoline

Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) – Pelion police officers have arrested Kevin Earl Schumpert, 33, of West Columbia on multiple charges that started with what appeared to be a petty crime. Shumpert is now charged with serious offenses that could land him in prison after he has his day in court.

According to Lieutenant John Rebolj of the Pelion Police Department, an officer with their department caught Schumpert in the act of siphoning gasoline from a school bus parked at Pelion High School in the early morning hours of July 15, 2020. As the officer investigate further, he found Schumpert was in possession of a stolen Ford F-350 with a Harley Davidson motorcycle in the bed of the truck that was also stolen. This prompted the officer to detain Schumpert and continue looking further.

After a complete search of the vehicle, Pelion’s officer found that Schumpert was in possession of several tools commonly used in the commission of auto thefts. The search further revealed several other stolen items connecting Schumpert to thefts in surrounding jurisdictions.

It was also discovered that Schumpert had attempted to steal two John Deere Gators UTVs which were locked behind a fence. He had damaged the fence in an attempt to gain entry into that enclosure.

Schumpert has been charged with Breaking into an Auto, 2 counts of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Burglary Tools, 2 counts of Attempted Grand Larceny, and Entering into an Enclosed Spaces between 6:00 p.m. & 6:00 a.m.

Schumpert is currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $28,000 Surety Bond.

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