A New York man and a South Carolina man are facing robbery and several related charges in Auburn.
Christian N. Brown, 30, of New York, N.Y., and Michael A. Priester, 21, of Columbia, S.C., were arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, first-degree theft of property, first-degree receiving stolen property and fleeing/attempting to elude officers, Auburn police said in a Thursday afternoon news release.
Police responded to the 500 block of Southview Drive in reference to a robbery about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday.
The victim told police that two men entered her residence, took the keys to her 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and several other items and left in her vehicle, according to the release.
Police found and stopped the vehicle on Bent Creek Road. Brown and Priester were inside the vehicle and were then taken into custody, according to police.
“A search of the area on Southview Drive resulted in officers locating a 2013 Honda Civic that was reported stolen out of South Carolina,” the release said.
About an hour before the robbery on Southview Drive, an Auburn officer attempted to stop the Honda Civic, but the driver was able to elude police.
“A subsequent investigation determined Brown and Priester as the suspects in all of the crimes,” the release said.
Brown and Priester were taken to the Lee County Jail, where they each are being held on an $88,000 bond.