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      Amber Alert Cancelled: Children safe, father in custody

      Authorities say Dennis Matthew Penny III, 5, and Grace Elizabeth Penny, 2, were taken around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning from Chesterfield County. Both children are safe.

      CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, SC (WACH / AP) - The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has cancelled an Amber Alert issued Thursday morning.

      A spokesperson for SLED says Dennis Matthew Penny II, 37, is in custody after leading police on a chase that ended in Union County, N.C. He is charged with kidnapping and burglary.

      Authorities say Dennis Matthew Penny III, 5, and Grace Elizabeth Penny, 2, were taken around 7:30 a.m. Thursday from the Mount Croghan area of Chesterfield County. Both children are safe.

      Police discovered Thursday morning that Penny withdrew money from a Lancaster bank. Officers then spotted Penny, who pulled over after a short chase.

      Authorities say Penny refused to get out of the truck with his children and drove off after officers tried to pull him out. The chase ended after Penny drove into a field and was trapped between pursuing officers and a fence. The children weren't harmed.

      Anyone with additional information on the incident should contact the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office at 843-623-6838.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)