SC Sheriff: Heavy equipment theft ring found in 6 counties

Published: Jul. 5, 2015 at 3:24 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2015 at 12:28 PM EDT
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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - One man has been jailed and another is being sought as Florence and Clarendon county officials say they've discovered a heavy equipment theft ring that operated in six counties.

The Morning News of Florence reported that 31-year-old David Grimsley Jr. of Scranton has been charged with three counts of grand larceny and one count of violating the Motor Vehicle Chop Shop, Stolen and Altered Property Act. Grimsley is being held in the Florence County jail. It was not immediately known whether he has an attorney.

Investigators are looking for another man in connection with the case.

Florence County deputies say bulldozers, excavators, dump trucks, heavy equipment trailers and heavy construction tools were stolen from Florence, Horry, Dillon, Clarendon, Sumter and Orangeburg counties. Some $300,000 worth has been recovered.

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