A North Carolina burglary suspect was been arrested after he tried to hitchhike a ride from a South Carolina sheriff shortly after his alleged crime.
Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller says 20-year-old Samuel Ledford of Shelby, N.C., was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree burglary.
Earlier in the day, deputies said a Gaffney man had called them when he returned home and found two men loading his things into a car. The homeowner pulled out his handgun, but the pair got into the car and raced off. The resident fired two shots as the men fled, deputies said.
The homeowner told deputies that he then spotted a third suspect in his doorway. He said the third man ran back inside and jumped out a back window to escape.
Mueller said he was helping search for the suspects when he spotted Ledford trying to hitchhike about a mile from the home. Ledford told the sheriff he had been at a party and was walking to his girlfriend’s house. When Mueller asked where the party was, he said Ledford pointed to another nearby home. But Mueller said he recognized the home as belonging to one of his deputy’s in-laws.
Mueller said Ledford admitted lying about the party once confronted with the evidence. The sheriff said Ledford admitted he had been part of the burglary after getting caught in the lie and cooperated with investigators after that. Mueller said Ledford wished to apologize to the homeowner after his arrest.