Four cars were stolen Tuesday night from the Jasper County School District; three of them were recovered by Wednesday evening.
Overnight, several people entered the district's alternative-program building housed at the old high school at 913 Grays Highway, according to a district release. The individuals used a fire extinguisher and smashed a vending machine and the door to the transportation office, the release said.
Once in the office, they found the spare keys to several of the district vehicles and stole four of them from the lot in front of the building. The vehicles -- a 2002 Ford Explorer, a 2008 Ford Fusion, a 2012 Chrysler 200 and a 2012 Chevy Impala -- were driven through a fence and gate, district spokeswoman Shellie Murdaugh said Wednesday. The fence and gate were destroyed.
Around midnight, the Port Royal Police saw the Chevy Impala speeding through the area. A chase followed, and the car lost control near the entrance to Marine Recruit Depot Parris Island. Three juveniles and one adult were found inside the car.
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The Ridgeland Police Department is in charge of the ongoing investigation and declined to give further information.
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