The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has found their unmarked vehicle that was stolen at a gas station Wednesday morning. The vehicle was recovered in Columbia, S.C.
According to the sheriff’s office, a 2014 black Chevrolet Impala, bearing Georgia tag PKP 1526, was stolen from a gas station on Deans Bridge Road and Meadowbrook Drive. The vehicle has no sheriff’s office markings but it is equipped with blue lights and other emergency equipment.
No weapons or other equipment were in the vehicle at the time of the theft.
According to the sheriff’s office, the suspects were seen exiting a dark color Lexus ES 350 with a South Carolina tag UPA 715 and entering the police vehicle. The Lexus was reported stolen in South Carolina.
Both vehicles fled the scene and were seen traveling north on Deans Bridge Road. According to the sheriff’s office, the suspects should be considered armed and dangerous and are believed to be linked to other stolen vehicles in the area.
According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the suspects have been linked to over 38 instances of entering autos and eight stolen vehicles from Columbia County over the last few months. The sheriff’s office believes the suspects arrive in one vehicle, usually occupied by four or more individuals, search for vehicles to steal and then leave together.
According to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, they have been seen arriving at gas stations during early morning hours. Associates of the suspects have told the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office that they will use violence against law enforcement or anyone attempting to prevent their escape.
Anyone that comes in contact with the vehicles or suspects are asked to not approach and call the sheriff’s office at (706) 821-1080 or (706) 821-1020.