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Sheriff James R. Metts
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Man Arrested for Breaking Into 10 Motor Vehicles


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a 20-year-old West Columbia man on charges that the man broke into 10 motor vehicles in residential neighborhoods in the West Columbia community between November 6 and Monday, November 18.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Joshua Michael Randall Hickman, 20, of 113 Vineyard Court, West Columbia, on arrest warrants on 10 counts of breaking into a motor vehicle. Hickman was being held on Wednesday, November 20 at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $50,000.

An arrest warrant alleges that between November 6 and November 7 Hickman unlawfully entered a 1997 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and a 2004 Cadillac that were parked outside a home on Kitti Wake Drive and stole one Winchester skinning knife and one pair of prescription sunglasses that were worth a combined total of about $350, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the skinning knife on Hickman’s person.

An arrest warrant also alleges that between November 6 and November 7 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2009 Toyota Corolla and a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup truck that were parked outside a home on Wildflower Lane and stole one Taylor 314 guitar and one black carrying case that were worth a combined total of $2,530, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the guitar and carrying case.

An arrest warrant further alleges that between November 14 and November 15 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2013 Toyota Tundra pickup truck that was parked outside a home on Blossom View Court and stole one Millennium Global Positioning System device that was worth about $100, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the device at Hickman’s home.

In addition, an arrest warrant alleges that between November 16 and November 17 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2012 Toyota Avalon that was parked outside a home on Fox Crossing Road and stole one Garmin Nuvi Global Positioning System device, one radar detector and 30 red T-shirts that were worth a combined total of less than $2,000, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the Global Positioning System device at Hickman’s home.

An arrest warrant also alleges that between November 16 and November 17 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2009 Honda Fit that was parked outside a home on Fox Hollow Circle and stole one Garmin Nuvi Global Positioning System device, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the device at Hickman’s home.

An arrest warrant further alleges that between November 16 and November 17 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck and a 2004 GMC Envoy sport-utility vehicle that were parked outside a home on Fox Crossing Road and stole one pair of white K-Swiss tennis shoes and one Merle Norman purse that were worth a combined total of about $125, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the tennis shoes on Hickman’s person.

In addition, an arrest warrant alleges that between November 16 and November 17 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2012 Oldsmobile Avenger that was parked outside a home on Fox Hollow Circle and stole one Garmin Nuvi Global Positioning System device, which detectives later recovered at Hickman’s home, Metts said.

An arrest warrant also alleges that on November 18 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe that was parked outside a home on Fox Hollow Circle and stole 23 compact discs, one rope and one trailer hitch brake converter that were worth a combined total of less than $500, Metts said. Detectives later recovered some of the stolen items on Hickman’s person.

An arrest warrant further alleges that on November 18 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder sport-utility vehicle that was parked outside a home on Pebble Creek Drive and stole one orange Apple iPod portable media player that was worth about $200, Metts said. Detectives later recovered the iPod on Hickman’s person.

Finally, an arrest warrant alleges that on November 18 Hickman unlawfully entered a 2011 GMC pickup truck that was parked outside a home on Pebble Creek Court and stole one camouflage book bag that contained one deer caller, one laser range finder, one flashlight and one pair of binoculars that were worth a combined total of less than $2,000, Metts said. Detectives later recovered some of the stolen items on Hickman’s person.

At about 1:50 a.m. on Monday, a deputy, who was conducting a directed patrol in an unmarked patrol vehicle, saw that the interior light was on inside a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck that was parked outside a home on Fox Crossing Road, Metts said. It appeared that someone had very recently entered the truck.

The deputy requested assistance from K-9 Deputy R.D. Longshore and his K-9 police dog partner, Injas, in tracking down the person who had unlawfully entered the 1999 Ford F-250 pickup truck on Fox Crossing Road, Metts said. Longshore and Injas eventually tracked Hickman to a motor vehicle that Hickman had unlawfully entered on Pebble Creek Drive. Longshore, Injas and deputies apprehended Hickman after Hickman ran away from the vehicle.

On November 18, detectives executed a search warrant at Hickman’s home and recovered many of the items that had been reported stolen during the motor vehicle break-ins that occurred in residential neighborhoods in the West Columbia community, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Hickman to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).



 


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