Two Jailed in Burglary

BLYTHEWOOD – A Columbia woman was arrested last week, and her alleged accomplice picked up Monday, following a home invasion and burglary in Blythewood.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department said Jessica Lynn Hunt, 36, was apprehended at a home at 5320 Bush River Road in Columbia on May 15 and charged with grand larceny and second degree burglary. The Sheriff’s Department said Hunt rented a U-Haul truck in Columbia last week and failed to return it. That truck, they said, was used to haul away items stolen in a home invasion/burglary at #2 Hialeah Park Lane in Blythewood on May 9. A day earlier, the Sheriff’s Department said, that same truck was used to steal bags of mulch from a Circle K store on Clemson Road. Witnesses at the scene of that incident were able to take down the license plate number of the truck, aiding investigators in their search for Hunt and her suspected accomplice, Dameion Rhyhelee Rembert, 31.

Investigators searched over the weekend for Rembert, locating him Monday morning inside an apartment at 100 Riverbend Drive in Cayce. Rembert was charged with burglary and grand larceny.

On May 9, according to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a call from a woman inside the home on Hialeah Park Lane who reported a man and woman inside her home. The suspects, later identified as Hunt and Rembert, had kicked in the garage door and a door leading into the home. They loaded a television, a cordless phone, a generator and a lawn trimmer into the U-Haul and fled the scene before deputies could arrive. The items, along with damage to the home, was estimated to be worth $3,000, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The Sheriff’s Department said they were able to trace Hunt through the U-Haul truck, and that a Crimestoppers tip led to the arrest of Rembert days later.

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