4 charged with stealing cars in South Carolina to sell in Augusta

The sheriff offices in Aiken and Richmond counties have arrested four people in connection with the theft of 10 cars, authorities said.

David Malpass Jr., 23, his girlfriend Crystal Grey, 29, and their friends Richard Wilkey, 31, and Michael Eller, 55, targeted older model vehicles in Jackson, Graniteville, Beech Island and Aiken and towed them across state lines to sell them to recycling centers in Augusta, according to an e-mail from Richmond County sheriff’s investigator Kendall Brown.

Malpass is awaiting extradition to Richmond County from another juristiction, and Wilkey is in custody in Aiken. Grey and Eller are in the Richmond County jail. All are being charged with several counts of theft by receiving.

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