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The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance to locate Lucas Wayne Pate, 21, of Monroe.
On Oct. 8 the Sheriff's Office charged Pate in connection with a string of burglary, damage to property, and larceny that occurred in the area of Charlotte Hwy and Shiloh Unity Rd. on May 3rd, 2012, according to a news release from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
These incidents included four car break-ins in which Pate entered vehicles that were parked at residences (2 on Travertine Dr. and 2 on West Shiloh Unity Dr.) and stole miscellaneous items from inside the vehicles. The other incident stems from a Burglary at Taylor's Grove Baptist Church. Pate forced entry into the church and caused more than $2,000 damage to the Church and the church van.
When the incidents were reported on May 3rd, Criminal Investigators and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scenes and conducted a detailed investigation. Crime Scene Investigators collected numerous pieces of evidence that were sent to SLED for DNA analysis. Although Pate was identified that day as a potential suspect, investigators were unable to determine probable cause until the results of the forensic tests were completed. The Sheriff's Office received the results of the tests last week and Pate has subsequently been charged with the following:
Burglary 2nd Degree, Larceny/Breaking into a motor vehicle - 3 counts, and Damaging or tampering with a vehicle - 2 counts
Sheriff Faile said, "We are thankful to have these results and happy to report these charges. It is unfortunate however that we have had Pate in mind this entire time and not been able to act. When it comes to DNA evidence we are at the mercy of the state backlog at SLED. Now that we have these charges we are going to work aggressively to pursue Pate until he is in custody."
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on the location of those responsible for this or any crimes in the Lancaster area to call the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office at 283-4136 or contact Crimestopper's at 1-888-Crime SC (1-888-274-6372) or you can e-mail or text your anonymous tip to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com