Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office recovered two stolen vehicles on April 29.
The first incident occurred in Cordesville at about 11:40 a.m. A deputy responded to Umbria Road after learning from the West Columbia Police Department the location of a stolen Ford F-550 was located according to its onboard GPS tracking device.
A tow truck matching the description was clearly visible from the highway as the deputy responded to the address, according to the report. The tow truck was parked behind a mobile home.
The deputy also noticed a green Ford Explorer, an F-550 and a black Honda sedan – the latter two of which were parked so close to the mobile home it was apparent someone was trying to conceal them, according to the report.
The responding deputy waited for another deputy to arrive then knocked on the door of the mobile home but no one answered. A detective responded to the location with a search warrant so all the VINs could be run through NCIC, which showed the F-550 was stolen from Columbia.
An employee of the company that owned the stolen vehicle arrived on scene and wanted to take possession of the tow truck. The vehicle was turned over to the employee after it was processed for evidence, according to the report.
In a separate incident later that day another deputy recovered a stolen Ford F-150. The suspicious white and tan truck pulled out of Bojangles on North Live Oak Drive near Moncks Corner at about 9:30 p.m., according to the incident report.
It was apparent the truck’s back sliding window was missing. The deputy initiated a traffic stop for faulty equipment after the license plate lights flickered several times, according to the report.
The driver told the deputy he had just gotten the truck that day from the registered owner. The deputy noticed the dashboard looked loose and a few pieces seemed to be missing from it.
A leaf was jammed in the dash area and covered the first number and letter of the VIN. Another deputy arrived and checked a VIN found on the doorjamb. An NCIC check showed the vehicle was reported stolen out of Florence, according to the report.
The driver, a St. Stephen man, was placed under arrest for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. There were an undisclosed number of children with him at the time and they were turned over to the custody of a woman with the same last name as the suspect, according to the report.
His money and other possessions were turned over to the woman with his consent. He was transported to the detention center.