A citizen's tip leads to $100,000 worth of stolen items being recovered in Santee
SANTEE, SC (WIS) - A tip from a concerned citizen lead to the recovery of more than $100,000 worth of stolen items being recovered in Santee, according to Orangeburg Country Sheriff Leroy Ravenel.
"There has just been a massive amount of items that have been stolen and stockpiled in an around a residence in Santee," the sheriff said. "There are trailers, a motorcycle, household goods, and even a large camper."
Ravenell said OCSO investigators are searching for Terry Blewer Jr., 40, and Michelle Pendarvis, 34, in connection with multiple items recovered at Blewer's Bonner Avenue residence.
Blewer is facing one count of receiving stolen goods, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, and one count of receiving stolen goods/chop shop. Pendarvis is facing a charge of receiving stolen goods over $10,000.
Ravenell said that a concerned citizen personally gave him a tip that led the sheriff to open an investigation that would lead to the Bonner Avenue stolen items, as well as, the recovery of stolen items in unrelated cases in and around the Santee/Eutawville area.
On August 27, narcotics investigators began the initial investigation, which turned up a stolen motorcycle, a zero-turn mower, a personal watercraft, a welder, and three trailers - the latter of which had no serial numbers due to removal.
When the Burglary Task Force took up the investigation, they discovered a 2014 travel trailer in which Blewer had was also stolen. A further inspection of the property turned up a four-wheeler, weapons, and a large amount of sports memorabilia.
"Including the camper and motorcycle, trailers, and sports items, these recovered items total in value - a conservative estimate - is nearly $100,000," Ravenell said. "We're working now on returning these items to their rightful owners as well as identifying a few more owners."
The stolen items were taken from multiple jurisdictions in four Lowcountry counties, according to Ravenell.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or visiting www.midlandscrimestoppers.com or www.p3tips.com and click on the "submit a tip" tab. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
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