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A man who has been arrested for burglary before is back behind bars after being arrested again, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
On Saturday deputies arrested Jesse Michael James, 46, of Waiters Circle, Lancaster, and charged him in connection with two burglaries that occurred earlier in the night.
The incident began around 2:30 a.m. when deputies responded to a burglar alarm at the Speedee Mart on Pageland Highway. Surveillance video showed the suspect smashing the door out and stealing cigarettes, rolled coins, and beer from the store, the report states.
Just before 5:30 a.m., deputies were dispatched to Grown Folks bar on Kershaw Camden Highway for a burglary in progress call. An employee who was still inside the business reported the burglary when a man, later identified as James, began to force his way in the door. The employee fled out of the back door unharmed, deputies said.
As deputies pulled into the parking lot, a van pulled away from the scene. The deputies pursued the vehicle, which failed to stop.
James, who deputies say was the driver and only occupant of the van, continued for several miles without stopping, disregarding several stop signs, stop lights, and reaching speeds close to 80 mph. James eventually crashed into a railroad crossing pole at the intersection of Memorial Park Rd. and Old Landsford Rd. before attempting to run away on foot, deputies told WBTV.
He was caught and arrested a short distance away.
Deputies located stolen property from both the Speedee Mart and Grown Folks inside of James' vehicle, the report states.
James was charged with two counts of second degree burglary and failure to stop for a blue light and siren. His bond was set at $70,000.
According to the SC Judicial Department Website, in June of 2011, James was sentenced to 5 years suspended upon 2.5 years, and 5 years probation in Lancaster County on burglary and larceny charges. James was rearrested in February 2012, again for burglary and larceny charges.
He received a time served sentence in May 2012 for those charges.