Joseph K. Thrower, Blake G. Schuster

A second St. Clair man connected to the theft of vehicles last week has been charged.

Joseph A. Thrower, 27, was charged Friday in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with stealing a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Blake G. Schuster, 19, St. Clair, was charged Wednesday with two counts of stealing a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Steve Pelton, around 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, deputies recovered an abandoned 2000 Ford Mustang on Lollar Branch Road in Stanton. The car was stolen from Orchard Road in St. Clair earlier that day.

During the investigation, Pelton said information was given by a witness on a possible location of the suspect and a second stolen vehicle, a 2006 Chevy Silverado. Deputies located the truck on Highway WW in St. Clair. It was stolen Monday, Nov. 27, from Wayside in Villa Ridge.

Deputies pursued the vehicle for 5 miles, which ended when the driver of the truck crashed in the Anaconda area, according to Pelton.

Schuster and Thrower fled from the vehicle on foot into a wooded area. Around 8:45 p.m., deputies arrested Schuster near the crash scene. Thrower was arrested Thursday after detectives received information from a witness where he was located.

Franklin County detectives and St. Clair Police responded to the area of a gas station in St. Clair and took Thrower into custody without incident while he was walking away from the business. Thrower’s bond was set at $25,000.

The prosecutor requested a bond of $30,000 for Schuster.