Three young men from Sumter were seen breaking into cars early Friday on Masons Bend subdivision, but officers put a stop to their crimes.
The trio were captured on I-77 after police used spike strips to deflate their tires, according to a press release. Fort Mill police quickly tracked down the suspects’ car around 5:15 a.m. Friday after someone complained about the car break-ins off Sutton Road.
“As officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on that vehicle, the vehicle accelerated and proceeded toward the entrance of the subdivision,” Maj. Bryan Zachary said in a press release. “As the vehicle approached Sutton Road, an officer who was standing by in that area deployed a tire deflation device (spike strip), the vehicle made contact with the device, and then turned on to Sutton Road.”
With officers chasing them, the vehicle exited on to I-77 South and only traveled a short distance before its tires completely deflated. Just before reaching the area of Exit 82, the vehicle stopped on the inside lane of I-77.
“Two suspects exited, jumped over the median barrier, and fled across the northbound lanes,” Maj. Zachary said. “After a short foot chase, FMPD officers captured one of the suspects, and the York County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was requested to assist with locating the other.”
Officers took a suspect into custody who remained in the suspect vehicle, and K-9 officers tracked down the remaining suspect and took him into custody. All three are from Sumter.
Kendall Kaleek Dow, 23, was charged with four counts each of breaking & entering auto and criminal conspiracy as well as one count each of failure to stop for blue lights & siren, unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Fredron Kevante Spann, age 18, is charged with four counts each of breaking & entering automobile and criminal conspiracy.
A 17-year-old juvenile was charged with four counts each of breaking & entering automobile and criminal conspiracy as well as possession of marijuana and Xanax.
Dow and Spann were being held in the custody at the FMPD, a press release said Friday afternoon. The male juvenile was transferred to the custody of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.