Witnesses say they saw two men trying to steal a utility trailer on Monday.
Bobby Lee Wood Jr., 42, of 144 Highland Park Circle, Cordova and Andreus Sherwood Strange, 36, of 664 Dantzler Street, Orangeburg have each been charged with one count of grand larceny.
The owner of the trailer called dispatchers at 4:27 a.m. to say that he was following a white Jeep occupied by two men who allegedly tried to steal his trailer. He said they were going in the direction of Shillings Bridge Road.
A deputy stood by at S.C. Highway 4 and Shillings Bridge Road until the vehicle approached.
A deputy noted that Wood was driving the vehicle and it was also registered to him. Strange was the passenger in the vehicle.
Wood told the deputy he’d just picked up Strange from a friend’s house on Lake Edisto Road and they were going home.
A witness then told a deputy that he saw one of the suspects dragging a 22-foot trailer through his yard. He said the trailer came off the ball of the hitch on the Jeep.
Wood and Strange were in front of his residence trying to jack up the trailer until they discovered someone stood nearby watching, the witness said.
Another witness said he saw Wood and Strange with the trailer and Jeep in the roadway.
The victim told deputies that he purchased the trailer for $5,927.60.
In other business:
- A Main Trail Road man reported Saturday morning that someone stole his double-axle trailer valued at $1,000.
- A Cannon Bridge Road resident called deputies to his Cordova home on Saturday morning to report that someone stole his 6-by-10 foot wood-bottom trailer from his yard, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
He showed deputies the surveillance video, which captured clear images of a suspect.
Deputies went to the home of the suspect. A deputy noted that the man initially lied about removing the trailer, but that he ultimately confessed.
The suspect said that he took the trailer to a scrap metal recycling business in Lexington, the report said.
The case remains active. The trailer is valued at $1,500.
- On Sunday morning, a Willing Lakes Court man called deputies to report that someone stole his 2004 gray Dodge Durango.
He said his vehicle was unlocked and the spare key was under one of the seats.
The vehicle is valued at $5,000.