Wallace Wardlaw and Vonnie Locklear

Wallace Wardlaw (L) and Vonnie Locklear (R) were arrested by Clemson Police and face several charges in connection to vehicle break-ins spanning from the Upstate into Georgia. 

CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) The Clemson Police Department is commending their officers for their alertness and attentiveness that helped lead to the arrest of two men believed to be connected to a spree of car break-ins. 

A press release from the department says patrolling officers observed a speeding vehicle on Thursday, August 15 around 11:30 p.m. They saw the dark colored car travel through downtown with two people inside. 

Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect driver increased speed - and a chase ensued. 

The pursuit turned to a foot chase when the vehicle found itself cornered by officers at the end of a dead-end street. Police say both suspects fled on foot in different directions. 

One of the suspects was later found trying to swim from the shore of Lake Hartwell. 

The other wasn't apprehended until the next day, when officers say they responded to a suspicious persons call involving a man asleep on a balcony of a local business. Upon arrival, police found the man where he had been described - with a loaded pistol sitting on his stomach. 

Through their investigation, police determined that the suspect vehicle involved in the chase was actually stolen out of Greenville County. 

Inside, officers say they discovered several items reported stolen from vehicle break-ins spanning from Georgia to the Upstate. 

30-year-old Vonnie Earl Locklear, of Greenville, was charged with the following: 

  • Public Disorderly Conduct
  • Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol
  • 3 Counts of Receiving Stolen Goods
  • Breaking Into a Motor Vehicle
  • Pettit Larceny

Locklear is currently being held at the Clemson City Jail on a $10,000.00 surety bond. He's awaiting charges from Toccoa, Georgia; Greenville County; Greenville City; and Stephens County, Georgia. 

Wallace Curt Wardlaw, 22 of Greenville, faces the following charges: 

  • Grand Larceny
  • Driving Without a License
  • Reckless Driving
  • Failure to Stop for a Blue Light

He is currently being held at the Clemson City Jail on a $8,000.00 surety bond and awaiting charges from Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and Toccoa, GA.

Clemson Police say were it not for the alertness and attentiveness of their officers, "there's no telling how many more thefts would have occurred from these two individuals." 


Officials: Investigation underway after two stabbed, one fatally, following argument at Abbeville home

Residents purr-turbed over cat's ouster from police force

Copyright 2019 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Recommended for you

(1) comment


Making the Wardlaw and Locklear families proud? Teach your children well....

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.