MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Residents are being told to lock their home and car doors and secure their property as officials conduct a manhunt for a burglary suspect they say was last seen near Bennettsville.
Authorities have been searching for Nicholas Carter, 19, of Florence, since Saturday; he was wanted for stealing a car in Florence. He was then spotted in Marlboro County, but was not apprehended.
On Wednesday, the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office acted on tips that he was in the area, and the MCSO conducted a search in the early morning hours of Wednesday along with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and the State Law Enforcement Division, according to a news release from MCSO.
Late Wednesday afternoon, SLED and MCSO launched a manhunt to find Carter after they responded to a burglary where Carter is the suspect. Using a tracking team provided by SLED and other manpower, the search led them to the Summit Lane area off Red Hill Road near Bennettsville. Carter reportedly approached two homes and attempted to get help by saying he was looking for his dog.
Later in the night during the search, Carter was spotted stealing a back hoe on 15-401, and was headed toward Society Hill, according to MCSO. Two citizens followed him and called 911, but he ran into a hunting club area. The manhunt continued until about 3 a.m.
Cater is wanted on a variety of burglary, larceny, weapons charges, and failure to stop for a blue light from Florence County, MCSO stated. He is described by officials as 5-foot-4 inches to 5-foot-7-inches tall, 120 to 130 pounds in weight, with dark brown hair just below his ears in the back. He may be looking for food, clothing, medical supplies, a vehicle, or anything he can drive away from the area.
When last seen, he was not armed, but officials say not to approach him and call 911.