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Home  |  News  |  Sheriff’s Office Arrests Burglary Suspect Again

Sheriff’s Office Arrests Burglary Suspect Again
Monday, October 15, 2012

Lancaster, SC – On Saturday 10/13/2012 the Sheriff’s Office arrested Jesse Michael James (B/M DOB:01-17-1966 Address: 4818 Waiters Circle, Lancaster) and charged in connection with two burglaries that occurred earlier in the night.

The incident began at approximately 0237 am when deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Speedee Mart located 1416 Pageland Hwy. Upon arrival Deputies found the front door smashed out. Surveillance video showed the suspect smashing the door out and stealing cigarettes, rolled coins, and beer from the store.

At 0527 am deputies were dispatched to 1418 Kershaw Camden Hwy (Grown Folks) in reference to a burglary in progress. An employee who was still inside the bar reported the burglary when James began to force entry into the door. The employee fled out of the back door and was not harmed. Deputies arrived on scene and found a van in the parking lot. As deputies pulled into the parking lot the van fled the scene. Deputies pursued the vehicle which failed to stop. James who was the driver and only occupant of the van continued for several miles without stopped. James disregarded several stop signs, stop lights, and reached speeds close to 80 mph during his attempt to escape. James eventually crashed into a railroad crossing pole at the intersection of Memorial Park Rd. and Old Landsford Rd. James fled on foot and was apprehended without further incident a short distance away.

Upon further investigation Deputies located the stolen property from both the Speedee Mart and Grown Folks inside of James’ vehicle.

James has been charged with two counts of Burglary 2nd Degree and Failure to stop for a blue light and siren. His bond has been set at $70,000 surety.

It should be noted (As reported by the SC Judicial Department Website) that in June of 2011, James was sentenced to 5 years suspended upon 2.5 years and 5 years probation in Lancaster County on burglary and larceny charges. James was rearrested in Feb. 2012 again for burglary and larceny charges. He received a time served sentence in May 2012 for those charges.

Sheriff Faile said, “Our patrol division did a great job responding to and working these incidents. I am glad that James is back in jail but this is just another example of how repeat offenders keep causing us problems. It’s frustrating that we have to continue to arrest the same people over and over.”

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