Police chief, officers chase down suspected metal thief

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A 49-year-old man is behind bars following a pursuit involving a suspected metal thief, a police chief and two of his officers in Dorchester County.

The St. George Police Department charged Ervin Senior with larceny, failure to stop for a blue light and using a motor vehicle without consent.

On Monday morning, the owner of Dorchester Feed and Seed on 506 East George Street reported that metal had been removed from his property and placed on Railroad Avenue.

The owner said when he came into work, he noticed several pieces of metal had been taken. Authorities say copper was also taken from an air conditioning unit that was on his property.

According to police, the owner found a patch of grass that had been walked on and followed it to a warehouse on Railroad Avenue where he found one of his steel beams.

An incident report states that the owner called police twenty minutes later and said an SUV had showed up on Railroad Avenue with a trailer to get the steel beam. According to police, when the suspect saw the owner approaching, he drove off.

The owner and his business partner then followed the suspect while talking to police on the phone. Chief Anthony Britt and two officers then pursued the suspect's vehicle.

Authorities say at one point during the pursuit, the suspect lost control of the SUV, causing the truck to jack knife the trailer. The truck then crashed into a ditch.

Police say they arrested the suspect and found items in the trailer that belonged to the victim.

The owner of the truck, Senior's nephew, said he didn't know that his uncle had used the truck. He only realized that his truck was missing when his son came into the house and asked if he realized if his truck was not there.

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