Chesterfield Co. children safe after kidnapping, chase in Lancaster Co.

Posted December 20, 2012 4:14 pm | Filed under Crime and Courts, Local News

Two Chesterfield County children are now in safe hands after authorities say their father abducted the children from the Mount Crogran area around 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The State Law Enforcement Division issued an AMBER Alert shortly after 10:30 a.m. and the white pickup truck belonging to Dennis Penny was spotted on the Highway 9 Bypass in Lancaster County.

Authorities say Penny led them on a chase up US-521 and then on to several secondary roads before crossing the state line next to an abandoned poultry barn in Union County, N.C.

Penny’s five-year-old son and two-year-old daughter were safely recovered after Penny was locked in by a fence.

“First and foremost we are extremely relieved that the children were recovered unharmed,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile Thursday afternoon. “This individual’s reckless behavior endangered a great number of lives today and we glad he is in custody. The cooperation, dedication, and selfless acts of officers from the City PD and the Sheriff’s Office made this outcome possible.”

Penny faces charges of 1st Degree Burglary and Kidnapping and will face additional charges in Lancaster County. He remains in jail in Union County pending extradition to South Carolina.