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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Monday, September 10 arrested a 25-year-old Columbia man and 28-year-old Columbia man after deputies caught the two men in the act of breaking into a convenience store on Fish Hatchery Road near Gaston.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Trent Jerrod Daniels, 25, of 3000 Hammond Avenue, Columbia, and Datron Green, 28, of 3000 Hammond Avenue, Columbia. Daniels and Green each were being held on Monday at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $25,000.

Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Daniels and Green on charges of second-degree burglary and grand larceny, Metts said.

Arrest warrants allege that on Monday Daniels and Green broke into the Corner Mart convenience store at 4289 Fish Hatchery Road, Metts said. Daniels and Green used a sledgehammer to create a hole in the store’s brick wall. Daniels and Green placed about 45 cartons of cigarettes and cash near the hole in the wall in order to prepare to steal the items.

Deputies went to the convenience store after a witness contacted the Sheriff’s Department at about 3:13 a.m. on Monday and reported that a burglary was in the process of being committed at the business, Metts said. Deputies found where Daniels and Green created a hole in the store’s brick wall, and deputies positioned themselves near the hole.

Daniels and Green unsuccessfully tried to escape from the convenience store through the store’s attic, Metts said. Daniels and Green eventually returned to where they broke into the store, and deputies arrested Daniels and Green without incident.

Deputies found a sledgehammer in woods near the convenience store, Metts said. Officers also found Green’s Chevrolet Tahoe parked in the driveway of an abandoned home on Woodcrest Lane, which is less than one-quarter of a mile or about a three-minute walk from the store.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Daniels or Green to contact 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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