Two people face charges in two states after investigators discovered stolen vehicles last week in South Carolina.
Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said that on Friday, investigators from the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office worked with the Oconee County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office on an investigation into stolen vehicles.
“Investigators, while looking into some vehicles that had been stolen here in Stephens County, were called by Oconee County, South Carolina investigators after they had been asked to check their scrap yards for any possible vehicles that had been taken there for scrap,” said Shirley.
Shirley said investigators discovered that two people had taken vehicles to a scrap yard in Oconee County about an hour and a half after they were stolen from Georgia.
The sheriff said that while the vehicles were crushed, the scrap yard had evidence that led to the identification and arrest of the suspects.
“They had photographs, as well as identification of the automobiles and relayed that to our investigators,” said Shirley. “As a result, that also led another vehicle that had been stolen in Banks County.”
In all, Shirley said the two suspects confessed to taking vehicles from Stephens, Banks, and Habersham counties over the past two weeks.
Authorities arrested 50-year-old Roger Dale Littleton of Juniper Trail in Toccoa and 40-year-old Christopher Hugh Kinney of Montego Bay Trail in Clarkesville.
Both were charged with Felony Theft by Taking of Motor Vehicle and Felony Theft by Receiving.
As of last report, both men remained in custody in Oconee County with no bond set yet.
Shirley said the two men will also face charges in Oconee County, South Carolina.
The sheriff added that the investigation continues and more arrests are expected.
Meanwhile, Littleton faces additional charges in connection to an unrelated incident in Stephens County.
Sheriff Shirley said his office has also charged Littleton with dumping tires illegally onto the property of a Stephens County resident on Black Mountain Road.
Shirley said large quantities of tires had been discarded on the property, but evidence led authorities to Littleton.
“There was a deer camera that captured his picture as well as a picture of the truck he was driving,” said Shirley. “The community also helped us in the matter of getting him positively identified. We appreciate the community’s help on that.”
In this case, Littleton faces charges of Felony Unlawful Dump and Criminal Trespass.
Bond has not been set at this time.