Kendall Kaleek Dow, 23, and Fredron Kevante Spann, 18. (Fort Mill Police Department mugshots)

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.

The suspects were allegedly breaking into cars at Masons Bend in Fort Mill.

Greg Rickabaugh

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...