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Recovered Stolen Car Raising More Questions

web posted December 2, 2013

EDGEFIELD A recovered stolen car on Friday is raising more questions than there are answers and to say something is strange about the whole thing is an understatement. An unknown caller reported "black males" trying to break into the car at the FATS trailhead on Woodlawn Road around 4:20 pm, which was not true. However, the car, whose specific description was given, was found to be stolen out of Florida nearly two weeks earlier.

The report of the supposed crime became strange for a few reasons. The person calling in the crime was able to block the 911 Dispatchers from seeing the number the call came from so they were unable to reconnect when the caller hung up. When deputies arrived people standing around the parking lot when the call was made stated there were no black males in the area or around the car.

On Friday night the tow truck driver that towed the car received a call from the owner stating he was in Florida and would come to Edgefield on Saturday to claim his car. On Saturday morning the driver showed up and provided the necessary documentation, including a driver's license and a key to the car, showing he was the owner. He paid his towing fee and was taken to the company's impound lot after paperwork had been completed to claim the car.

The owner also inquired about getting a copy of the incident report and was told to call the Sheriff's Office and was reportedly told a copy would be available on Monday by dispatchers.

After the man left it was discovered that the man never called the Sheriff's Office to find out who towed the stolen car in order to contact the towing company, unless he was told by his local police.  However, that seems suspicious because it was discovered that the car was actually stolen from an impound lot in Florida, not directly from the owner.

The Florida authorities never placed a "hold" on the vehicle so the owner was allowed to claim it the very next morning after claiming to have flown to Augusta that morning.

According to a source, the voice of the man reporting the car being broke into sounded like the voice of the owner calling to inquire about the incident report of the stolen car. Deputies reportedly were able to make contact with the owner but he refused to return to Edgefield County to speak with them about the car.

Due to the holiday weekend, Edgefield Daily has not received a copy of the incident report on the case.

 



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