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A man suspected of shoplifting at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Stonewall Jackson Boulevard is also facing charges of grand larceny and malicious injury to personal property.

Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers took James Elliott Dantzler, 45, of 980 Amelia Street, into custody at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A municipal judge set Dantzler’s bond at $12,092 cash or surety on Thursday morning.

Warrants allege that Dantzler confessed to taking a 2003 Ford Expedition from the Ollie’s parking lot at 1462 Chestnut Street on Nov. 28 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

He said he thought the vehicle was abandoned.

Warrants allege that Dantzler and not yet named co-defendants removed the SUV after causing about $1,000 in damage by using a hatchet, chisel and screwdriver on the steering wheel and steering wheel column.

The suspects allegedly managed to get the SUV to Sunshine Recycling, where Dantzler was identified.

The vehicle was sold to Sunshine Recycling for $330, warrants state.

The rightful owner of the vehicle said that he’d left his SUV in that parking lot for approximately two years because he was not allowed to park it where he lives, according to an incident report.

As for Dantzler’s shoplifting charge, a warrant accuses him of taking multiple items without paying for them, including six cases of Bud Light beer, six packs of ribeye steaks, a bundle of bananas, a 24-pack of bread rolls, two six-packs of half-liter Pepsi drinks, a 32-ounce energy drink, a charcoal grill and a bag of charcoal.

The value of the items is $203.28.

If convicted of grand larceny, Dantzler faces up to five years in prison.

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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