A suspect sought following the discovery of a cache of stolen goods has been arrested, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell.
“You can’t outrun time,” Ravenell said. “No matter how much time or how long it takes, we’ll be right behind you every step of the way.”
The sheriff said 40-year-old Terry Blewer Jr. has been charged with receiving stolen goods, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and receiving stolen goods/chop shop.
The Santee man had been sought in an investigation led by Ravenell after a tip about a stockpile of stolen goods was given to the sheriff personally.
That tip led to the discovery of a stolen motorcycle, a zero-turn mower, a personal watercraft, a welder and three trailers at a Bonner Avenue property in Santee, according to a press release.
As the investigation continued, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators discovered a four-wheeler, weapons and a large amount of sports memorabilia had been stolen as well.
One last check of the property revealed that a 2014 travel trailer in which Blewer had lived in with his girlfriend was also stolen, the release said.
Michelle Pendarvis, Blewer’s 34-year-old girlfriend, is still being sought in the case. She is facing a charge of receiving stolen goods with a value of more than $10,000, according to the sheriff’s office.
Ravenell said the investigation revealed the items were taken from four different Lowcountry counties. The travel trailer was taken out of the Charleston area.
Most of the items have been returned to their owners while investigators are still working to identify more owners of the small number of items remaining, the sheriff said.
Investigator Andy Hayes asked the court to deny bond based on the fact that Blewer had been on the run since the August discovery of the cache of stolen property. He was apprehended in Charleston on unrelated charges and returned to Orangeburg.
Bond was set on Blewer during a hearing on Tuesday at $20,000 cash or surety by Orangeburg County Magistrate Stephanie McKune-Grant.
If anyone has any information on Pendarvis’ whereabouts, they are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers to not have to give their name.