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Suspected Burglars Caught After Crashing in Ditch in Getaway

web posted August 28, 2014

COUNTY LINE   Being able to drive while leaving the scene of your crimes is always something that should be taken into account during the planning process, if you are smart enough to even plan your crimes. Such is the case with two Aiken County men, Martin Glenn Britt, 29, (Left) and Ben Wade Baker, 28 who ran off the road and got their blue Chevy Caprice stuck in a ditch not far from two crimes scene they are accused of leaving behind.

A Casalina Drive couple called the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office to report someone breaking into a shed in the back of the house and then entered two vehicles before leaving just before 8 am. The couple said that at first they did not see anything missing other than a set of keys.

As the deputy was leaving the crime scene he noticed two white males trying to get a blue car out of a ditch in a curve not far from the home he just left. Before he could get to the disabled vehicle he was flagged down by another resident who told the deputy her mother's car had been broken into and several items were taken. Among the stolen items were a number of CDs and personal papers for her mother and for her mother's car.

The deputy then radioed for another patrol unit to respond to check on the suspicious blue car that was a few hundred yards away.

When deputies approached the driver and passenger identified themselves as Britt and Baker. According to an incident report, both men appeared to under the "influence of an unknown drug" and acting nervously as they were confronted by the deputies. When asked who owned the car, Baker said he did and was driving when he ran off the road. However, a check of the tag came back to a different name and both men were taken into investigative custody as they investigated the car.

One of the deputies asked Baker if there was anything in the car they needed to know about and was told there may be syringes in the car "somewhere" and gave permission for the car to be searched.

Upon searching the car, a set of keys were found in plain view that were taken from the car of the woman's mother that flagged down the deputy. Also found were personal papers including the registration and insurance card for the woman's car. A number of CDs, also belonging to the woman, were found in the car.

Further search turned up a pocketbook and a leaf blower that belonged to the couple that made the initial report of a break-in.

Both men were taken into custody and are being held at the Edgefield County Detention Center on pending charges of burglary in the third degree, larceny, and breaking and entering a vehicle. Once warrants have been served they will have a bond hearing, most likely sometime Thursday.


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