LCSD Home
  About LCSD
  Inside LCSD
  Get Involved
  Careers
  News Releases
  Incident Reports
  Inmate Information
  Inmate Search
  Crime Statistics
  In Memoriam
  Civilian Safety Awareness
  Contact Information
  Sheriff's Newsletter









NEWS RELEASES
Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Deputies Arrest Two Men for Stealing Backhoe and Damaging Athletic Field


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a 20-year-old Columbia man and a 27-year-old Columbia man on Sunday, May 25 on charges that the two men stole a combination front-end loader and backhoe that is owned by a construction company and used the vehicle to dig holes and otherwise damage an athletic field at Seven Oaks Park at 200 Leisure Lane near Irmo. The Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission owns and operates the park.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Dylan Bridger Bennett, 20, of 119 Northman Drive, Columbia, on charges of grand larceny, malicious injury to personal property, criminal conspiracy and public disorderly conduct. Bennett was released from the Lexington County Detention Center on Monday, May 26 after Bennett posted bail totaling $6,262.

Deputies arrested Matthew C. Downs, 27, of 224 Linsbury Circle, Columbia, on charges of grand larceny, malicious injury to personal property and criminal conspiracy, Metts said. Downs was released from the county Detention Center on Monday after Downs posted bail totaling $6,000.

Arrest warrants allege that Bennett and Downs entered Seven Oaks Park at about 1:12 a.m. on Sunday, entered a fenced maintenance area that was secured with a padlock and stole an EZ Go Golf Cart that was worth about $2,500, Metts said. Bennett and Downs also entered a fenced construction area that was under the control of Penn Contractors and “hotwired” the combination front-end loader and backhoe that was worth more than $10,000.

Arrest warrants further allege that Bennett and Downs drove the combination front-end loader and backhoe through the fence for the construction area, causing about $2,500 in damages, Metts said.

In addition, arrest warrants allege that Bennett and Downs used the combination front-end loader and backhoe to dig holes and scrape up grass turf on one soccer field at the park, causing damages of between $2,000 and $10,000, Metts said.

At about 1:12 a.m. on Sunday, deputies went to Seven Oaks Park in order to investigate a report that two persons were using a golf cart and backhoe to damage the soccer field at the park, Metts said. Deputies found the golf cart and combination front-end loader and backhoe abandoned in the park.

One deputy drove to Linsbury Circle, parked his marked patrol car and walked towards woods that are adjacent to Linsbury Circle and Seven Oaks Park, Metts said. The deputy encountered Bennett as Bennett walked out of the woods from the park. The deputy determined that Bennett had been drinking beer and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The deputy arrested Bennett.

Another deputy found Downs at Seven Oaks Park and arrested Downs, Metts said. The deputy found the golf cart and combination front-end loader and backhoe parked on the soccer field. The combination front-end loader and backhoe was parked in a goal on the field. A metal bicycle rack was entangled in the undercarriage of the vehicle.



 


09/17/2014 - Road Closures  
09/17/2014 - Detectives Arrest Man for Trying to Steal Two Motor Vehicles  
09/16/2014 - Sheriff's Department Donates More than $3,000 to Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter  
09/11/2014 - Man Returned to Lexington County on Murder Charges  
09/09/2014 - Missing Person Investigation  
09/07/2014 - Woman Charged with Intentionally Setting Fire to Residence  
08/28/2014 - Fugitive Investigators Arrest Man Who Owed More Than $170,000 in Child Support Payments  
08/25/2014 - Sheriffs Department Donates Over 700 to United Way  
08/22/2014 - CrimeStoppers Tip Enables Detectives to File Charge  
08/19/2014 - Explorers Post 106 First Nighters Meeting  
08/19/2014 - Detectives Arrest Two Men for Stealing One Motor Vehicle and Stealing Items from Four Motor Vehicles  
08/14/2014 - Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Two Children  
08/08/2014 - Officer Involved Shooting Investigation  
08/07/2014 - Aviation Unit Recovers Stolen Vehicle During National Night Out  
08/04/2014 - Man Arrested for Attempted Murder and Heroin Trafficking  
07/31/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Two Deputies  
07/28/2014 - Homeland Protection Certification  
07/25/2014 - Two Men Arrested in Convenience Store Robbery  
07/24/2014 - Explorer Post Wins National Award  
07/23/2014 - Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation  
07/23/2014 - Job Fair and Open House  
07/23/2014 - Deputy Receives Distinguished Graduate Award  
07/18/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputies  
07/19/2014 - Detectives Charge Man with Restaurant Robbery  
07/19/2014 - Deputies Arrest Two Women and One Man for Breaking Into Home at Gunpoint  


NEWS RELEASES


An Internationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency 521 Gibson Road Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 785-8230