Tyreese Wilkes, 19, was one of three Charlotte teens arrested last week for breaking into cars in Fort Mill.

  York County authorities have arrested three Charlotte teens for allegedly targeting homes and cars in a Fort Mill neighborhood.

   Tyreese Wilkes, 19, and two male juveniles, ages 15 and 16, were captured after a chase in their stolen Mercedes and a manhunt last Thursday morning.

   It was just before 5 in the morning when Deputy Lydia Dodson turned onto Emory Lane from West Highway 160 in Fort Mill. She spotted a white Mercedes sedan sitting in the road with no lights on and someone running from the driveway.

   Deputy Dodson turned her blue lights and siren and pursued them down Emory Lane and across Brayden Parkway onto Interstate 77 where it spun out but kept going until she lost it on Regent Parkway. She soon found the car wrecked and abandoned at the entrance of a neighborhood on Highgate Drive, a sheriff’s report says.

   The vehicle was stolen from Union County, N.C., a report says. Inside the car, the deputy found a handgun without a serial number. Responding officers tracked down one of the juveniles who was driving. And then deputies they found Wilkes’ mother speeding away from the area and stopped her car. The other two suspects were found inside.

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   The mother told authorities that Wilkes called her and stated that his vehicle was not working at his girlfriend’s house and he needed a ride, so she went to pick him up.

    The two juveniles were taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice on multiple charges. Wilkes was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of a stolen vehicle and criminal conspiracy. He was booked into the York County Detention Center.

​   The evidence seized on scene consisted of the following items: black and flat dark earth unserialized handgun with 1 magazine and 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition,​ 2 spent 9mm casings,​ Gucci flip flops,​ $50 cash (located in the woods near a suspect’s sock),​ gray glove,​ white sock with black toe and heel,​ two iPhones,​ and a black scale.

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...