An intruder fled a Briceville home Wednesday after the resident, who had been asleep upstairs, woke up and called out, authorities said.
The resident had heard someone break into his home and walk up his stairs, Anderson County Sheriff Paul White said in a press release Thursday.
After the intruder fled, the resident and a neighbor saw a white Jeep leave the area. The neighbor followed the Jeep in her car but lost sight of it as it traveled toward Lake City, White said.
The vehicle information was passed on to the Anderson County Sheriffâ€™s Department. Deputies spotted the vehicle a short time later, pulled it over, and detained three people. After an investigation, two of them were charged with crimes related to the burglary, White said.
Michael Allen Matlock, 18, of Briceville, has been charged with aggravated burglary, the sheriff said, and Roy Joseph Chapman, 18, of Lake City, has been charged with criminal responsibility for conduct of another.
â€œ(A) quick response by deputies in locating the suspect vehicle in this case resulted in two arrests just minutes after the burglary was reported,â€ White said.
He said the two suspects are being held in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton, with bond pending arraignment.