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Home  |  News  |  DEPUTIES ARREST TWO MEN FOR STEALING TWO HEAT PUMPS FROM UNOCCUPIED HOME

DEPUTIES ARREST TWO MEN FOR STEALING TWO HEAT PUMPS FROM UNOCCUPIED HOME
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Monday, January 23 arrested a 41-year-old Columbia man and 44-year-old Columbia man on charges that the two men stole two heat pumps worth a combined total of $8,000 from outside an unoccupied home that was for sale on Magnolia Tree Road near Lexington. The 41-year-old man had on his person a list of homes that are for sale in Lexington, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter and Florence counties.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Kettrele Antonio Cooper, 41, of 312 Killian Green Drive, Columbia, and Henry Wren, 44, of 201 Treemount Lane, Columbia, on a charge of grand larceny. Cooper was being held on Tuesday, January 24 at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. Wren was being held on Tuesday at the county Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

A citizen contacted the Sheriff’s Department at about 11:58 a.m. on Monday and reported that she saw two men steal two Heil heat pumps worth a combined total of $8,000 from outside the unoccupied home on Magnolia Tree Road, Metts said. The citizen told deputies that the two men drove away in a white utility van that had a ladder on top of the vehicle.

Master Deputy Aaron Poole broadcast on his police radio that he saw a white utility van that matched the description of the van involved in the theft of the heat pumps driving on South Lake Drive near Interstate 20 in the Lexington community, Metts said. Poole is an assistant shift supervisor in the West Region Patrol District, which is based near Gilbert.

Sgt. Christian Smith, who is a shift supervisor in the West Region Patrol District, later conducted a traffic stop on the white utility van at the intersection of South Lake Drive and Two Notch Road near Lexington, Metts said. Deputies found the two Heil heat pumps that had been reported stolen from the home on Magnolia Tree Road in the rear compartment of the utility van, covered with a blue tarp. Deputies also found on Cooper’s person a list of homes that are for sale in Lexington, Richland, Kershaw, Sumter and Florence counties.

Deputies arrested Cooper and Wren, who were riding in the white utility van at the time that Smith conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information concerning additional criminal activity involving Cooper or Wren to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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