Man arrested in connection with Lexington County crime spree

A North Charleston man was arrested and charged in connection with a series of crimes at three Lexington County businesses, Lexington County Sheriff’s Capt. Adam Myrick said Sunday.

John Dytrych mug

John Dytrych (Photo provided)

John Dytrych, 29, was charged with two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, carjacking, possessing a weapon during a violent crime, and attempting to purchase more than nine grams of pseudoephedrine in 30 days, according to arrest warrants.

Investigators suspect Dytrych robbed the Pop’s convenience store on South Lake Drive Saturday morning while armed with a handgun, said Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon. Investigators say the suspect then immediately carjacked a getaway car from the Bojangle’s restaurant next door.

Detectives tracked Dytrych to a location on Old Barnwell Road on Saturday evening and arrested him, Koon added. The car stolen form Bojangle’s was recovered at the same location.

Additionally, Koon said, the Lexington Police Department was expected to serve warrants on Dytrych in connection with a robbery at the Rite-Aid pharmacy on West Main Street in Lexington. That charge stems from an incident in which Dytrych is accused of attempting to purchase more psuedoephedrine than is legally allowed, according to Koon.

The common-cold medicine is a major ingredient in the making of methamphetamine.