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Three arrested in Marlboro County in connection with 'major theft and stolen goods ring'

Left: Michael Hutchison; Center: Tommie McLaurin; Right: Larry Monroe (Source: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office) Left: Michael Hutchison; Center: Tommie McLaurin; Right: Larry Monroe (Source: Marlboro County Sheriff's Office)

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people in connection with what law enforcement is calling a “major theft and stolen goods ring” that was impacting North Carolina and South Carolina.

According to a press release from the MCSO, Tommie Brenda McLaurin, 34, of Bennettsville, was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen goods and being a fugitive from justice.

Additionally, Michael W. Hutchison, 48, of Laurel Hill, N.C., was charged with six counts of grand larceny, with three valued at more than $10,000; multiple counts of damage to property; and breaking into a motor vehicle. Larry Monroe, 34, of Laurinburg, N.C., was booked for simple possession of marijuana.

According to the MCSO, a search warrant was executed on Nov. 17 at 1018 Old Wire Road in Bennettsville, which is reportedly McLaurin’s residence.

Law enforcement had received a number of complaints from residents about drugs and stolen goods at the home, the press release stated.

During the search, stolen goods from several cases the MCSO was investigating were allegedly recovered. Investigators also reportedly confiscated drugs, a stolen firearm and seized cash.

Below is a list of cases that both Hutchison or McLaurin were either charges or involved in, according to the MCSO:

  • Sept. 1 - Bobcat equipment stolen off Beauty Spot Road, valued at $20,000 - Recovered
  • Nov. 16 - Towing service broken into on Beauty Spot Road, as well as numerous cars. A truck and truck bed were stolen – The truck and truck bed were recovered
  • Nov. 9 - Garage on 15-401 Bypass had a vehicle broken into and rims, tires and electronics stolen, valued at $7,000 - Recovered the rims and tires
  • Nov. 15 – On Academy Road, the victim had a side-by-side ATV stolen, valued at $12,000 - Recovered
  • Nov. 15 – On Adamsville Road, the victim had a construction trailer with tools stolen, valued at $15,000

McLaurin was wanted by North Carolina police in Mecklenburg County for larceny from a Walmart.

“We believe we have broken up a major theft and stolen goods ring that was wrecking havoc on North Carolina and South Carolina," said Marlboro County Sheriff-elect Charles Lemon. "The investigation thus far has shown that drugs were the influencing factor that drove the thefts and also played a major part in the criminal enterprise." 

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