Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested and charged a man on March 27 for operating a “chop shop.”
BCSO arrested Harrison William Lucas, 46, the owner of the residence at 4422 N. Highway 52, St. Stephen, with operating a “chop shop.” The official charge is listed as possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center website.
BCSO recovered what is estimated to be approximately $200,000 in reported stolen vehicles, motorcycles, trailers and numerous other items after uncovering, what is commonly referred to as, a “chop shop” operation in the St. Stephen area of Berkeley County.
Berkeley County detectives received information that four stolen motorcycles were at a St. Stephen address.
After corroborating the information, a search warrant was obtained for the property at 4422 N. Highway 52. An NCIC check revealed the motorcycles had been reported stolen, along with a pickup truck and an enclosed trailer, from a motel parking lot in Orangeburg County.
The approximate value of the motorcycles alone is $70,000.
Several items on the motorcycles had been removed or modified. Deputies found parts to the stolen enclosed trailer along with a truck that had been taken from Orangeburg County.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the scope of this chop shop operation.