Auburn police arrest two suspects, seeking third suspect after theft on Opelika Road

Suspect Benjamin Pendleton ( Source: Auburn Police Department)
Suspect Benjamin Pendleton ( Source: Auburn Police Department)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -  At around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 4, Auburn Police responded to a theft in progress call at a business located on Opelika Road.

Two male suspects entered what appeared to be a jewelry store and broke two glass display cases and stole jewelry items with an undisclosed value. Responding officers were given descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle.

Moments later, McDaniel was located by an Auburn Police Division officer and taken into custody after fleeing the scene in the suspect vehicle. The remaining suspect also fled. 

Pendleton was taken into custody approximately two hours later after a foot pursuit. Markel Jason McDaniel, age 33 and Benjamin Tremayne Pendleton, age 27, both from Montgomery were arrested on felony charges of theft of property first degree. Pendleton was also charged with fleeing and attempting to elude police.

McDaniel is being held on a $5,000 bond and is being held for a parole violation related to prior convictions for robbery first degree and burglary first degree in Montgomery. Pendleton remains in custody on a $5,100 bond.


The third suspect is being sought by Auburn Police, and anyone with information on his identity is encouraged to call detectives at (334) 501-3140 or the anonymous tip line (334) 246-1391.

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