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Scranton man arrested following multi-county investigation

Source: Florence County Detention Center Source: Florence County Detention Center

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Scranton man has been charged with four crimes after officials said a “major heavy equipment theft ring” was busted and $300,000 worth of property was recovered.

Douglas Kevin Grimsley, Jr., 31, was arrested by investigators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office on June 19 and charged with three counts of Grand Larceny and one count of violating the Motor Vehicle Chop Shop, Stolen and Altered Property Act.

Grimsley was arrested following a joint investigation by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators recovered bulldozers, excavators, dump trucks, heavy equipment trailers, heavy construction tools and light plants that were stolen from Florence County, as well as Horry, Dillon, Clarendon, Sumter and Orangeburg counties, according to the FCSO.  

The investigation originated in Clarendon County when sheriff’s deputies discovered equipment reported to have been stolen from Florence County.  

The investigation led to the discovery of numerous other items of heavy equipment stolen from other counties, according to officials.

Grimsley is being held at the Florence County Detention Center on a $35,000.00 surety bond.

Arrest warrants have also been obtained for Ronald Lee Lyons, Jr., age 31, of 3141 Willard Henry Road, Florence, SC 29505 in connection with this investigation.  

Anyone with knowledge or information regarding the whereabouts of Lyons is asked to contact FCSO Investigators at (843) 665-2121, ext. 468 or

Crime Stoppers of the Pee Dee at 1-888-CRIME-SC.  You do not have to reveal your identity to leave information.

The investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are possible.

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