Summerville PD finds suspect they say stole car with sleeping children inside

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville police have arrested the person who allegedly took a vehicle with three children before dropping them off safely Friday morning. Anthony Rutledge Jones was formally arrested on Sunday by the Summerville Police Department and is being charged with Grand Larceny and three counts of Kidnapping

Originally, police responded to a vehicle theft in the 100 block of Harth Place (Summerville dental) at 1:15 a.m, according to Capt. Cassandra Williams. A mother reported that she was working with her significant other inside the business and left the vehicle running with her 9-, 8-, and 6-year-old children sleeping and locked inside the SUV.

Williams said that while police were obtaining information about the vehicle, an unknown suspect left the children who were inside unharmed near a family member's residence on Geneva Road in Goose Creek.

On November 24, Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputies responded to George Wigfall Road in Cross after a citizen reported watching the news and seeing a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle in the area. Jones was arrested for possession of stolen motor vehicle after deputies found him sitting in the driver's seat.

The vehicle was located Friday evening, but Summerville police said the investigation was ongoing.

Jones appeared in bond court Sunday morning where he received a $150,000 bond for each count of Kidnapping and $1500 bond for Grand Larceny.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact the Summerville Police Department at 843-851-4100 or Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.

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