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County chop shop operation uncovered

  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested and charged a man on March 27 for operating a “chop shop.”

BCSO arrested Harrison William Lucas, 46, the owner of the residence at 4422 N. Highway 52, St. Stephen, with operating a “chop shop.” The official charge is listed as possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to the Hill-Finklea Detention Center website.

BCSO recovered what is estimated to be approximately $200,000 in reported stolen vehicles, motorcycles, trailers and numerous other items after uncovering, what is commonly referred to as, a “chop shop” operation in the St. Stephen area of Berkeley County.

Berkeley County detectives received information that four stolen motorcycles were at a St. Stephen address.

After corroborating the information, a search warrant was obtained for the property at 4422 N. Highway 52. An NCIC check revealed the motorcycles had been reported stolen, along with a pickup truck and an enclosed trailer, from a motel parking lot in Orangeburg County.

The approximate value of the motorcycles alone is $70,000.

Several items on the motorcycles had been removed or modified. Deputies found parts to the stolen enclosed trailer along with a truck that had been taken from Orangeburg County.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the scope of this chop shop operation.

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