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Friday, November 30, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Thursday, November 29 arrested a 20-year-old Gaston man on charges that the man unlawfully entered two motor vehicles that had been left unlocked outside two homes on Eargle Drive near West Columbia and stole one Maglight flashlight, one wallet and money from the two vehicles.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Christian James Woods, 20, of 118 Dixiana Drive, Gaston, on arrest warrants on two counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. Woods was being held on Friday, November 30 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting a bond hearing.

An arrest warrant alleges that on Thursday Woods unlawfully entered an unlocked 1995 GMC Sierra pickup truck that was parked outside a home on Eargle Drive and stole one 18-inch Maglight flashlight and one wallet, Metts said. Deputies found the flashlight on Woods’ person and recovered the wallet in a trash dumpster near the Eargle Drive home.

An arrest warrant also alleges that Woods unlawfully entered an unlocked 2000 Nissan Sentra sedan that was parked outside a second home on Eargle Drive and stole bills and coins totaling $5.45 that were stored in a plastic prescription medicine bottle, Metts said. Deputies found the plastic prescription medicine bottle and money on Woods’ person.

A homeowner at a third home on Eargle Drive saw Woods rummaging inside an unlocked motor vehicle parked outside the homeowner’s residence and reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department at about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Metts said. Deputies with the Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit and their K-9 police dog partners responded to the incident.

K-9 Unit deputies and K-9 police dog Forrest, who is a bloodhound, tracked Woods to another home on Eargle Drive, where deputies detained and later arrested Woods, Metts said.
Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Woods 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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