MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Marlboro County theft ring, which includes some investigations that span nearly a decade, has led to the recovery of more than $400,000 worth of property and the arrest of 11 people.
According to a press release from the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office, the suspects and their individual charges are:
- Wilbur David Berry, 55, of Latta, on three counts of receiving stolen goods, $10,000 or more
- Johnny Walker Britt, 34, of Bennettsville, on four counts of receiving stolen goods, two counts of conspiracy and one count of accessory after the fact
- Christopher J. Carter, 24, of Bennettsville, on eight counts of grand larceny, five counts of conspiracy, and one count each of malicious injury of personal property and burglary
- Jamie Truett Gray, 36, of Bennettsville, on nine counts of grand larceny, four counts of receiving stolen goods and two counts of conspiracy
- Jackson Milton Hayes, 27, of Pamplico, on two counts of grand larceny and one count each of conspiracy and burglary
- David Jackson, 68, of Bennettsville, on eight counts of accessory before the fact, five counts of accessory after the fact, five counts of receiving stolen goods, four counts of conspiracy and two counts of chop shop violation
- Frankie Eugene Jackson, 66, of Bennettsville, on one count of receiving stolen goods of $10,000 or more
- Jay Jackson, 38, of Bennettsville, on four counts of receiving stolen goods, and one count each of conspiracy and accessory after the fact
- William “Billy” King, 60, of Whiteville, N.C., who was arrested and charges by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
- Sandy Miller, 42, of Chesterfield, on one count each of conspiracy and receiving
- Michael Wayne Summerford, 46, of Latta, on one count each of receiving stolen goods and accessory after the fact
All the suspects have been arrested at various times during the case and are either out on bond or a bond has been set, the release stated.
According to investigators, law enforcement received a tip about a stolen tractor seen in a wooded area off of S.C. 38 on Dec. 27, 2016.
From there, the investigation continued for the better part of the next two months and resulted in the recovery of: tractors; zero-turn mowers; trailers; heavy equipment machinery; fuel tanks; ATVs; farm equipment; lawn care tools and equipment; tree cutting and tree climbing gear; and various other items, according to the release.
Some of the theft cases date back to 2008, according to Marlboro County Sheriff Charles Lemon.
"This investigation is a result of hard work, perseverance and team work," Lemon said. "We still have a lot of stolen property to find, but I am very pleased to have returned so much property to victims in these cases."