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Friday, November 30, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Thursday, November 29 arrested a 22-year-old Columbia man and 18-year-old Columbia man on charges that the two men unlawfully entered a garage at a home on Goldstone Drive near Irmo on Thursday evening and tried to steal two Schwinn bicycles worth a combined total of $600.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Benjamin Derrick Bethel, 22, of 1220 Meredith Drive, Columbia, and Tyrone Lamar Martin, 18, of 1220 Meredith Drive, Columbia, on arrest warrants on one count each of first-degree burglary. Bethel and Martin were being held on Friday, November 30 at the Lexington County Detention Center while awaiting bond hearings.
Under South Carolina law, a circuit judge would have to conduct bond hearings for Bethel and Martin in general sessions court because first-degree burglary is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of life in prison, Metts said. The 11th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office has not yet scheduled bond hearings for Bethel or Martin.

Arrest warrants allege that at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Bethel and Martin entered a garage at the Goldstone Drive home without the homeowner’s consent and unlawfully tried to steal two Schwinn bicycles from the garage, Metts said. The homeowner saw Bethel and Martin try to steal the two bicycles and later positively identified Bethel and Martin as the two men who committed the burglary.

Deputies arrested Bethel outside a home on Sterling Bridge Road near Irmo after receiving information that Bethel had fled to Sterling Bridge Road following the burglary at the home on Goldstone Drive, Metts said. Officers later arrested Martin near the Sterling Bridge Road home.
Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Bethel or Martin 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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