Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says stolen property has been recovered and a woman is in custody. Two more suspects are being sought.
“I am pleased to say much of this property has been recovered,” Ravenell said. “These investigators worked this case almost nonstop, tracing the clues back to the perpetrators.”
Ravenell said 24-year-old Kayla Traxler of Bamberg Road in Cope has been charged with second-degree burglary, grand larceny and possession of methamphetamine.
Warrants have also been obtained for 36-year-old Keith Oliver of Kipps Lane and 41-year-old Donald Iriel of Shillings Bridge Road, both of Orangeburg, according to the sheriff’s office.
Oliver is facing charges of second-degree burglary and grand larceny while Iriel is looking at an accessory after the fact of a felony charge, the sheriff’s office said in a release.
Sheriff’s investigators were called to a residence in western Orangeburg County on Saturday where a homeowner reported power tools, hand tools and competition compound bows, arrows and accessories were stolen.
Information developed that day indicated some of the items were being sold at a local flea market. The information resulted in the recovery of a large portion of the stolen property.
Investigators say they continued on until the names and identities of the suspects were developed as well as their possible location.
As investigators approached a Shillings Bridge Road home, Oliver allegedly bolted off into a swampy area where he hid from the deputies.
Traxler was taken into custody at that time.
Bond for Traxler was set at $30,000 cash or surety during a hearing on Tuesday.
“I’m pleased we have the majority of this property owner’s items back, and we’re still working to locate the rest,” Ravenell said. “But we still have unfinished business with these two individuals remaining.”
If anyone has any information on either Oliver or Iriel’s location, they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers can remain anonymous.