A morning burglary at the former South Sea Packing shed in Johnston, which is currently being leased by the Carlisle Company in Aiken and is used to store rims, led to a car chase and multiple arrests, Friday, Oct. 2. According to a spokesperson with the Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, the ECSO had been informed of a previous theft at the site the day prior. Then, on Friday morning, a station wagon loaded with rims was seen by a citizen leaving the site. The citizen followed the vehicle and called law enforcement to report the suspected theft. A car chase with ECSO deputies then ensued, ending in the suspected vehicle being stopped on Par Drive behind Wardlaw Academy around 8:30 a.m.
Two passengers from the vehicle fled the scene after the vehicle was stopped by law enforcement. The driver, who was taken into custody at the scene, was able to provide an identity of one of the passengers. That information led to family members of that suspect being contacted, who informed law enforcement they would aid in finding the suspect. That suspect later called a family member when he and the other suspect emerged from some woods on a nearby roadway. That family member transported both suspects to the sheriff’s office a few hours after the two fled from law enforcement. They were booked into the Edgefield County Detention Center without incident.
Luther Davis, 67, of Batesburg, the driver of the vehicle, and the passengers, Benny Maxfield, 27, and Johnathan Moore, 22, both of Johnston, have all been charged with Burglary 2nd and grand larceny in connection with this crime.
A total of $2,800 worth of golf cart rims was recovered from the station wagon. The ECSO is continuing to investigate this incident.