Newberry Observer

Suspect in vehicle theft taken into custody – vehicle located

NEWBERRY — The man who stole a truck from a convenience store in Newberry County Thursday morning is in custody and the truck has been located. McAbee was located approximately 66 miles away from Newberry.

Johnathan Wade McAbee, 32, of 526 Woodruff Street, Woodruff was taken into custody in North, South Carolina by the North Police Department Thursday night.

McAbee went into the convenience store at about 3 a.m. on Thursday, and remained for some time. At around 5 a.m., he went out to a vehicle, whose owner had left the keys in the vehicle, and stole a 1988 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck.

He was still driving the stolen truck from Newberry County when he was arrested. The truck was recovered and he was taken into custody without incident.

McAbee was taken to the Orangeburg County Detention Center and was charged Friday morning with several crimes by the North Police Department. Once completed, McAbee will be returned to Newberry County to face charges of grand larceny of a vehicle.

McAbee is also believed to be involved in a vehicle theft in Duncan, as well as a burglary and vehicle theft in Laurens County. The stolen vehicle from Laurens County was located on I-26 near the exit that this vehicle was stolen early Thursday.


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