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Home  |  News  |  DEPUTIES ARREST MAN FOR STEALING EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS FROM EIGHT CHURCHES, SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES

DEPUTIES ARREST MAN FOR STEALING EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS FROM EIGHT CHURCHES, SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES
Saturday, January 12, 2013

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies on Thursday, January 10 arrested a 39-year-old Lexington man on charges that the man stole lawn equipment, tools, utility trailers and other items from eight churches, schools and businesses near Lexington and West Columbia. The thefts occurred between December 20, 2012 and Tuesday, January 8.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Michael Lamar Brooks, 39, at about 1 a.m. on Thursday at Brooks’ home at 161 Barco Court near Lexington. Deputies arrested Brooks on arrest warrants that detectives obtained for Brooks on six counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of grand larceny, one count of petit larceny, one count of breaking into a motor vehicle and one count of receiving stolen goods. Brooks was being held on Thursday at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $134,000.

Arrest warrants allege that between January 6 and January 7 Brooks broke into a storage building at Lexington Church of God, 1228 South Lake Drive, Lexington, and stole one Troy Bilt riding lawn mower, one Lowe’s push lawn mower, one large Rubbermaid outdoor storage cabinet and several large tents, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the stolen items at Brooks’ home after detectives executed a search warrant at the residence on January 8.

In addition, arrest warrants allege that on January 5, January 6 and January 7 Brooks broke into a storage building at White Knoll Elementary School, 132 White Knoll Way, West Columbia, and stole equipment, Metts said.

Arrest warrants allege that on January 6 Brooks broke into a storage shed at White Knoll Baptist Church, 742 Kitti Wake Drive, West Columbia, and stole lawn equipment, Metts said.

In addition, arrest warrants allege that between December 29, 2012 and December 31, 2012 Brooks broke into a storage shed at Rhythmics Performing Arts at 1106 Two Notch Road, Lexington, and stole one ladder, one Yardman push lawn mower, one gazebo, one tool box and one set of Craftsman power tools, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the stolen items at Brooks’ home.

Arrest warrants further allege that on January 6 Brooks broke into a perimeter fence at A-Z Lawnmower Parts, 4431 Augusta Road, Lexington, and stole one utility trailer, one Troy Bilt lawn mower and one Kinroad Go Cart, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the stolen items at Brooks’ home.

In addition, arrest warrants allege that between January 4 and January 5 Brooks stole a flat-bed, utility trailer that contained tools from outside Engineer Systems, Inc. at 140 Business Park Drive, Lexington, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the stolen utility trailer and tools at Brooks’ home.

Arrest warrants also allege that between January 4 and January 5 Brooks stole a flat-bed utility trailer that contained tools from outside Palmetto Amusements at 990 Bonhomme Richard Drive, Lexington, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the stolen tools at Brooks’ home.

Arrest warrants further allege that between December 29 and December 30 Brooks stole a flat-bed utility trailer that was for sale outside a home on Pine Tree Drive near Lexington, Metts said. The trailer included a tool box that detectives later recovered at Brooks’ home. Brooks had gone to the Pine Tree Drive home on December 29 in order to inquire about buying the trailer.

In addition, arrest warrants allege that Brooks possessed one Redmax leaf blower, one Husqvarna 350 chainsaw, one Lincoln grease gun and one gas can that were reported stolen on December 20 from Gregory Landscaping at 155 Sease Hill Road, Lexington, Metts said.

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

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