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Stolen vehicle recovered near Gaston after it was located by victim’s brother

Gaston, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department recovered a stolen truck off Woodtrail Drive Tuesday afternoon after the owner’s brother located it sitting behind a house. The 1984 Chevrolet K-20 truck was located on some powerlines in the 700 block just before 5:30 p.m.

The deputy who responded said that the man stated he had been told by a friend that the truck was somewhere off Woodtrail Drive near Gaston. He decided to come to the area and ride around in hopes he would spot it. When he saw it on the power lines, he spoke with a woman in a house there who said that a friend had dropped the truck off at her home about 12:30 p.m. that day. She also said that a woman in another truck came and picked up the man who drove the truck to her home and left it. A check of the vehicle’s identification revealed that the truck was indeed reported stolen from Orangeburg County.

The Lexington County deputy looked through the truck and collected evidence including two cell phones and DNA swabs he took from the steering wheel. He also photographed the truck. The deputy then contacted the man who owned the truck and he said that he would grant permission for his brother to take possession of it. After the Lexington County deputy contacted a captain from the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department who granted permission from that department, the brother returned the truck to its rightful owner. The case is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

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