Investigation reveals auto theft ring

Monday, March 18, 2013 1:06 PM
Last updated Wednesday, March 27, 2013 4:47 AM
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 Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story identified a business, which the sheriff now says was not involved.

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A joint investigation by the Rich­mond and Columbia county sheriff’s offices has uncovered a theft ring based on Belair Road.

According to a Richmond Coun­ty sheriff’s news release, investigators looked into the shop, 4040 Belair Road, which did not have a valid business license.

The investigation resulted in the dismantling of an interstate motor vehicle theft ring.

Four men used an unmarked roll-back tow truck to steal disabled vehicles left along Interstate 20 and other area roads, then haul them to recycling and salvage yards for money, authorities said.

Police have identified seven vehicles stolen from November to March. Two were taken from residential areas.

Three were taken from Interstate 20 – two in Aiken County and one in Madison County, Ga. The two remaining vehicles were taken from Bobby Jones Express­way and Willis Fore­man Road.

Police have charged Ver­non Jerome Neely Jr. and El­mer Howard Gilman with felony theft by taking. Gilman also faces charges of theft by receiving stolen property, misdemeanor theft by taking and felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Police continue to search for Vernon Jerome Neely Sr. and Joseph Clayton Thaxton.

The older Neely faces three felony counts of theft by receiving stolen property and three counts of felony theft by deception. Thaxton faces a felony charge of theft by receiving stolen property and felony theft by deception.

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just an opinion
just an opinion 03/18/13 - 09:11 pm
They also strip houses

Dig a little further AC and you will find out.

happychimer 03/18/13 - 09:27 pm
I noticed they changed the

I noticed they changed the business name. Whow. not far from me.

Orange - White
Orange - White 03/19/13 - 06:24 am
What a shame... yet another

What a shame... yet another reason to use ONLY a licensed insured established towing company WITH SIGNS on their truck so you know who you are dealing with.

oldenoughtoknowbetter 03/20/13 - 03:23 am
Chop Shops

Who were the chop shop's customers? How would you know?

my.voice 03/20/13 - 06:19 am
Why do these guys always look

Why do these guys always look like this?

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