Four Ovid teens, including an unnamed 15 year old, were arrested in South Carolina after a home invasion in the town of Erwin, Steuben County (Painted Post area). The teens were driving a car stolen during the home invasion and then spray painted red. When spotted in South Carolina, they led police on a 15 mile chase before crashing the car. One teen attempted to flee the scene, but was quickly apprehended. No one was injured.
The following is a News Release from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit reports an update in the ongoing investigation into the Home Invasion Robbery that occurred on Sunset Avenue in the Town of Erwin around 12:30 AM on February 24, 2012. Throughout the evening on February 25, 2012 Sheriff’s Office Investigators, working in conjunction with authorities from Seneca County and several law enforcement agencies in South Carolina, were able to secure the persons of interest in regards to this incident. Several charges have been filed in multiple jurisdictions including Seneca County, Steuben County and South Carolina. Additional charges are pending.
The persons of interest in custody at this time are:
Alexander S. Vanvleet, age 19, of County Route 139 in Ovid,NY
Adam Campbell, age 19, of County Route 139 in Ovid,NY
Sarah D. Smith, age 17, of West Seneca Street in Ovid,NY
A 15 year old juvenile, whose name is being withheld, has also been detained.
Shortly after 4:00 PM on February 24, 2012, the Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Clemson Police Department in South Carolina that the persons of interest were reportably enroute to a residence in that jurisdiction. Steps were then taken to secure the stolen vehicle and take the persons of interest into custody, but a wrong turn resulted in the persons of interest ending up in Landrum, South Carolina. The stolen vehicle from Sunset Avenue, which had been spray painted red, was then spotted in a parking lot and several Landrum Police Department patrol units were dispatched to the area.
As the patrol units approached the vehicle, a 15 mile police pursuit through Landrum, South Carolina ensued which ended when the stolen 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix crashed on the interchange ramp to Interstate 26. Vanvleet then attempted to flee the collision scene on foot, but was apprehended a short time later in a wooded area near the collision scene. The other (3) persons of interest were taken into custody at the collision scene without incident or injury.
Sheriff’s Office Investigators then conducted telephone interviews of persons of interest, with the assistance the Landrum Police Department, in regards to the Home Invasion Robbery in Erwin. Investigators from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office also conducted interviews in regards to a series of events that had occurred in Seneca County prior to the Robbery on Sunset Avenue. The investigation resulted in an Arrest Warrant for First Degree Burglary being issued for Sarah D. Smith out of the Town of Erwin Justice Court Sunday morning around 1:00 AM. Smith is currently being held as a Fugitive from Justice on the Arrest Warrant in South Carolina and has waived extradition to return to New York.
Vanvleet and Campbell are also being held as Fugitive from Justices on Arrest Warrants filed out of Seneca County, New York. The juvenile in this investigation is currently being housed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the investigation by the Steuben County District Attorney, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s Office, the Clemson and Landrum Police Department in South Carolina.
The investigation is continuing.