Three Fountains, SC (Paul Kirby) Deputies from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department arrested six suspects in the theft of a trailer full of tools that was stolen from a construction site in South Congaree Monday during the height of Tropical Storm Irma. They made the arrest in the Three Fountains area of the county after someone recognized the older Chevrolet Blazer with distinctive purple racing stripes and heavy damage to its front end from photographs that the South Congaree’s PD had released to the media shortly after the crime was committed. In addition to the charges stemming from the theft of the trailer and tools, the suspects also were charged with various crimes associated with the possession and manufacturing of Methamphetamine.
The citizen spotted the small SUV in the parking lot of the Food Lion on Platt Springs Road in Three Fountains. That person notified law enforcement officials, and then followed the vehicle as the suspects got in it and drove off. Sheriff's deputies were able to arrive, approach the suspects, and make the arrest.
According to South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert, the tools were recovered, but the original trailer that they were stolen in is still missing. Shumpert said that the tools, which were valued at about $10,000, had been transferred from the enclosed trailer into a similar one. Officers believe it may also be stolen. Investigators are coordinating with the sheriff’s staff and other law enforcement agencies, to see if they can match it to another open theft case.
The tools and the second trailer were located at the mini-storage facility off Platt Springs Road near the Waffle House, Papa John’s Pizza, and Chevy’s bar. This is within a block of the Food Lion where the suspects were spotted by the citizen.
Chief Shumpert said that his department coordinated with the deputies to make the arrest and recover the trailer because it was located outside the town limits and his department’s jurisdiction. “We really appreciate the assistance of the citizen who spotted the car, and also Sheriff Koon’s department and staff for assisting us with this case,” Shumpert said Wednesday. “Things just came together really well, and we were all able to work together to get some bad folks of the streets,” he concluded.
Investigators were still interviewing some of the suspects Wednesday.. They are hoping that as they talk with some of the people that were arrested they will be able to clear other open property crime cases from around the Midlands.