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Anderson women say stolen cars were sold then crushed

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One of the cars crushed after being sold to scrap yard. (July 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) One of the cars crushed after being sold to scrap yard. (July 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
One of the cars crushed after being sold to scrap yard. (July 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) One of the cars crushed after being sold to scrap yard. (July 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Two Anderson County women are upset after they say their cars were sold without their permission then crushed at a scrap yard.

Shametra Hall couldn't believe what happened when she saw it.

"Ooh, I can't even begin to tell you how much I love my car," she said.

Hall said she can't believe it is now a twisted ball of metal.

"It's a 1979 Delta 88 Oldsmobile, and I felt that my car would be safe here," Hall said.

But she said Andrea Lee, someone she once called a family friend, sold her car and another car without her permission. Hall said Lee went to her family's property while no one was around and sold cars off the property without the car titles.

"They're saying that if it's 10 years older, anybody can go sign an affidavit and get your cars off the property," Hall said.

She said a tow truck driver gave Lee an affidavit. It states: "... we have exhausted all remedies in an attempt to obtain a title ..."

"She got $600 for both cars," Ebony Miller, the other car owner, said. "It had dents, and the windows were busted, but it could've been fixed."

Now both cars are crushed.

"To me, it's priceless because my mother bought it for me," Miller said.

Deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said Lee sold both cars to the owner of Diddle's Towing. He then sold both cars to Upstate Recycling for scrap.

"The affidavit releases me of all responsibility," Darryl Lollis said.

He's the owner of Diddle's Towing and said Lee told him she was the owner and the cars were junk.

"I gave her $300 per car; that's $600," Lollis said.

He said he's out money, too - around $1,400 - because he has to reimburse the scrap yard the money that they paid him for the cars.

Lollis says he followed the law based on the affidavit.

"Anderson County will change the law every other week," Lollis said.

FOX Carolina showed the affidavit to a lawyer, and he stated the affidavit is outdated and addresses a car that has a lien.

"I was told the law; I go by the law. I'm a Christian man," Lollis said.

An updated state law shows you can have an affidavit without a title, but the car must be at least 12 years older than the current date. The car must have a license plate on it. A scrap yard should hold the car for at least three days, and there should be verification through the DMV that the car isn't stolen.

"My car had sentimental value. I'm very upset about it," Hall said.

Lee was charged with two counts of obtaining property under false pretenses.

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