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Deputies: Men wreck car, decide to break into nearest home
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a 24-year-old West Columbia man and 26-year-old Columbia man on Monday after investigators said the two men wrecked their car in a ditch and decided to break into a home on O’Neal Shealy Road near Gilbert.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Brian Michael Hensley, 26, of Columbia, and Riley Aaron Sease, 24, of West Columbia, on a charge of second-degree burglary.

At about 1:20 a.m. on Monday, Deputy James Kemfort responded to a call for help concerning a burglary that was in the process of being committed at a home on O’Neal Shealy Road, Metts said. As he approached the home on O’Neal Shealy Road, Kemfort turned off the headlights on his marked patrol car and stopped the vehicle, parking in an area that was about 200 yards from the home.

Kemfort saw Sease, who was wearing a white T-shirt, exit the home through the front door, according to Metts. Kemfort saw Hensley, who was wearing a blue T-shirt, standing on the home’s front porch. Kemfort approached Sease and Hensley and arrested the two men without incident.

The owner of the home, which is used for storage, contacted the sheriff’s department after he saw Hensley and Sease enter the home, where the two men broke glass, slammed doors and shouted profanities, Metts said. Sease and Hensley were driving home from a bar in a 2009 Nissan Altima, which is registered to Sease’s mother, when Sease drove the car into a ditch in front of the home on O’Neal Shealy Road. Sease was driving with a suspended driver’s license, investigators said.

After determining that they could not get the car out of the ditch, Hensley and Sease decided to break into the home on O’Neal Shealy Road, Metts said. Deputies found that a glass panel had been broken in the home’s front door. Officers also found signs of forced entry at a side window at the rear of the home as well as an entry door at the side of the residence.

Hensley and Sease stole two purses, one saw, one hedge trimmer and one checkbook that contained checks from the home, Metts said.

Both were being held on Monday at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.

Source: http://lexington.wistv.com/news/crime/49397-deputies-men-wreck-car-decide-break-nearest-home

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