Manhunt nets suspect

An hours-long manhunt in Barnwell ended with the capture of a burglary suspect July 10.
The suspect, 17-year-old Houston Bryant, faces one charge of first degree burglary, one charge of second degree burglary, two charges of grand larceny and two charges of malicious injury to property, according to Tenille Smith with the Barnwell County Detention Center, where Bryant is being held.
Bryant is accused of breaking into a Barnwell home July 7 and stealing more than $10,000 worth of jewelry, electronics and personal items. Warrants state he also broke into the Morris Quick and Easy convenience store July 10 and stole at least $2,000 worth of lottery tickets. The property damage charges stem from his breaking glass doors at each location, according to the warrants.
Multiple law enforcement agencies searched a field and woods off Ellenton Street (Hwy. 278) late into the evening using search dogs and a helicopter.
Police lined Hwy. 278 between the Original House of Pizza and the intersection with Wellington Road while other officers searched for Bryant.
The search area was bounded by Hwy. 278 on the west, Wellington Road on the north, Lake Drive on the east and the Colony Apartments complex on the south.
During the search, Wellington Road was closed to traffic between its intersection with Hwy. 278 and Lake Drive.
Bryant was caught shortly after 9 p.m. in the woods, said Barnwell Police Chief Todd Gantt. Law enforcement left the scene around 9:30 p.m.
The Barnwell Police Department, sheriff's office and the State Law Enforcement Division worked together during the search.