Devyn Clum was running from police and needed help, so he pulled out his phone and texted a friend: “I am outrunning the police, come get me.”
The move might have slowed him down, though, because police managed to catch him before the friend showed up.
Clum, 18, and Wayne Swart, 36, were arrested Friday after leading troopers on a foot chase through the woods of Summit, according to a state police news release issued today.
Troopers were dispatched Friday to a reported burglary in progress at a Baldwin Road home in the Schoharie County town. The responding trooper broadcast a description of a fleeing green pickup truck, which two other troopers spotted pulling in behind the Old Summit Country Store on Route 10. The occupants got out of the truck and fled into nearby fields and woods.
After a while, one of the men was apprehended on Route 10 and with the help of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and a police dog, the second man was found hiding behind a barn in a wooded area.
Inside the green truck was equipment used to break into buildings, according to troopers.
Swart lives in Hobart, a Delaware County village about 20 miles south of Summit. Clum lives in Bloomville, also in Delaware County, about 30 miles south of Summit.
Swart and Clum were each charged with felony second-degree burglary, as well as possession of burglar tools and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors. The men were arraigned in Summit Town Court and sent to the Schoharie County jail, with bail for each set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.