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January 30, 2013

Troopers: Burglar caught fleeing scene

Two men have been arrested on burglary charges, including one who texted a friend for help while fleeing, state police at Cobleskill said.

Wayne E. Swart, 36, of Hobart, and Devyn T. Lum, 18, of Bloomville, were charged Friday with second-degree burglary, a felony, and possession of burglar tools and resisting arrest, misdemeanors, troopers said in a media release.

Troopers said they were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a residence on Baldwin Road in Summit.

The responding trooper broadcast a description of the suspects’ vehicle — a green pickup, the release said — and two other troopers spotted the truck, from which two occupants fled after the vehicle pulled in behind the Old Summit Country Store on Route 10.

After some time, one suspect was located on Route 10. With help from Department of Environmental Conversation Officer Keith Isles and his K-9, troopers after an extensive search located the second suspect in a wooded area hiding behind a barn, the release said.

During his flight, Clum texted a friend, saying: “I am outrunning the police, come get me.” However, Clum was apprehended before his friend’s arrival, troopers said.

Swart and Clum were arraigned before Summit Court Town Justice Gerald Vester and sent to Schoharie County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash and $100,000 bond. Troopers also were assisted by the Schoharie County District Attorneys Office.

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