1 of 2 burglary suspects held after York manhunt

By Kimberly Dick - kdick@heraldonline.com

YORK -- A morning manhunt aided by police dogs and a helicopter circling downtown York netted one of two suspects police say might be responsible for a statewide string of burglaries.

The men apparently left an electronic trail of their crimes, police say — on their car's Global Positioning System device.

“Looking at the recent searches” on the GPS unit, York Police Detective John Naylis said, “a number of addresses were potential targets or had been targeted for a break-in.”

One of the suspects in the York burglary was being sought late Monday. The other suspect, Dylan Lanier, 18, of Union has been charged with burglary, criminal conspiracy and possession of tools used in a burglary.

Police suspect Lanier and an accomplice have been involved in break-ins around the area and elsewhere in the state.

The two are accused of forcing open the door of a car wash on South Congress Street around 2:30 a.m. Monday. That sounded the alarm and the suspects fled, Naylis said.

“We don't think they took anything,” he said.

On their way to the business, police passed a car on South Congress, said Capt. Tommy Jenkins. When police attempted to stop the car, he said, the two occupants ran.

Police caught the driver, identified as Lanier, and found burglary tools. The second suspect got away and as of Tuesday morning, York Police have still not apprehended the accomplice.

York County Sheriff's deputies brought in a K-9 unit that tracked the suspect's scent to the woods behind the Walmart store. State Law Enforcement Division agents in a helicopter used thermal imaging to sweep through the woods.

Officers have since called off the intense search, Naylis said, but they continue to look for the suspect.

Police think the two men have robbed dozens of car washes in South Carolina in recent months by breaking into coin machines or offices.

Lanier and the other suspect might be wanted in other burglaries because of the evidence from the GPS unit found in the car, Naylis said.

Lanier was being held Monday at the Moss Justice Center, where bond had not been set.

Shannon Greene contributed.

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