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Truck Stolen During Burglary Recovered Wednesday, More Related Thefts Reported

web posted July 31, 2014

EDGEFIELD A truck stolen during a burglary at a Stonehenge Circle home Monday night that later led to an all night manhunt was found parked on Slade Road Wednesday afternoon. A tipster told the Sheriff's Office that the truck had been parked at the location for a couple days. When Edgefield County Sheriff's Captain Chris Wash arrived he confirmed it was the stolen truck and the keys were in the ignition.

Capt. Wash said there was some minor damage to the front of the truck when it was found parked by the basketball courts, but he did not know if the damage was old or new. The truck was processed and several fingerprints were recovered.

The truck was later turned back over to the owner, who was just one of the targets of an alleged trio who burglarized his home, stole property from his neighbor and then attempted to break into or steal an enclosed trailer at a home on the 600 block of Columbia Road.

The attempted crime with the trailer is when they were spotted by a deputy on patrol and an ensuing high speed chase ended when the driver drove the truck into a pond and then he and his passenger dove in the water. The driver, Steven Dubose, 30, of Lexington, and his passenger, Jennifer Lostritto, 32, of New Jersey, were taken into custody around 9 am Tuesday morning. They evaded arrest for nearly six hours after spending the nigh in the water, an investigator said.
Information provided on Tuesday stated the pair claimed there was a third party, another male, who was the one leading the trio in the three thefts, but somehow managed to escape undetected. It was initially believed that he may have escaped in the white Chevy truck that was located in the garage of one of the homes on Stonehenge Circle that was targeted.

However, with the discovery of the truck so close by, and reportedly being at the location a couple of days, Capt. Wash said they are taking a second look at the story Dubose and Lostritto have been providing. Although the investigation continues with the premise there is a third suspect, an alternate view is that the pair may have acted alone and parked the truck there with plans to return later that night to pick it back up.

Unfortunately, their plans were interrupted when the sheriff's deputy spotted them when they were backing up to the enclosed trailer at the Columbia Road home at 2:30 am.

Nothing was stolen from the Columbia Road home, however, the next door neighbor of the main victim reported a lighting system and landscape timbers were taken. They were found to be in the bed of the stolen truck the pair ditched in the pond. That truck had been stolen from Lexington County in March.

The case remain under investigation and we will have updates as more information become available.

Two Burglary Suspects in Custody, Third Still at Large
web posted July 30, 2014

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