2nd suspect identified, still sought in Aiken County stolen vehicle case

1 suspect caught, 1 still on the loose in Graniteville

GRANITEVILLE, SC (WFXG) - The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has 1 suspect in custody and is still searching for 1 more near Byrd Elementary School.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies patrolling Bettis Academy Rd. at around 10:45 a.m. Monday notices a while GMC 2500 pickup truck that was reported stolen back on Dec. 6. Deputies pursued the truck through Graniteville to Edgefield County and back along Rainbow Falls Rd. Deputies were able to use stop sticks to deflate the truck’s tires near Breeze Hill Rd. The suspects continued on and eventually abandoned the truck in a power line right-away near Byrd Elementary School.

Street signs at Teak Run and Sage Creek Blvd.
Street signs at Teak Run and Sage Creek Blvd. (Source: Jasmine Anderson)

The Aiken Bloodhound Team was brought in and were able to find the female suspect, 20-year-old Autumn Breanna Angeley of Graniteville, in the area. She is being held while warrants are processed for possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of meth with intent to distribute within 1/2 mile of a school.

Autumn Breanna Angeley
Autumn Breanna Angeley (Source: Aiken County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies are still searching for a male suspect, 39-year-old James Marion Sanders of Graniteville. He is described as a white man, around 5-feet-11-inches tall and 175 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray or light-colored jacket. Warrants have been issued for his arrest for the crimes of possession of a stolen vehicle, failure to stop for a blue light, and reckless driving.

James Marion Sanders
James Marion Sanders (Source: Aiken County Sheriff's Office)

If you have any information about this case or know of Sanders' whereabouts, please contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Byrd Elementary School and Leavelle-McCampbell Middle School were placed on lockdown while the search was underway. Aiken County Public Schools released a statement about the lockdown.

Byrd Elementary and Leavelle McCampbell Middle School have upgraded their security procedures and placed their schools on hard lockdowns due to a police search in the area. The Sheriff’s Department’s search is unrelated to our schools. All students and staff are safe inside. We will remain under a lockdown until law enforcement gives us the “all clear” to resume normal operations. During a hard lockdown, all interior and exterior doors are locked, including all classrooms, and all outdoor school activities are temporarily suspended. Byrd Elementary Principal Renae Enlow and Leavelle McCampbell Middle School Principal Michelle Padgett notified all families of the temporarily upgraded security status via BlackBoard Connect, our robocall system, and will provide any additional information to parents as it is available.
Mike Rosier, Communications Coordinator

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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that the sheriff’s office was searching for 2 white men. We now know that the suspects were a man and a woman.