Two South Carolina men face charges of burglary, theft and criminal trespass for the March 18 burglary of Plantation Building and Lumber Supply and the Ford Plantation maintenance shop in Richmond Hill.
Ashley Murdaugh and Robert Carter, along with Jenna Crosby, all of Walterboro, South Carolina, also are being charged in connection with crimes in their hometown, according to authorities.
According to news releases from the Richmond Hill Police Department and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina, the men stole a maintenance truck from the Ford Plantation maintenance shop and used it to tow a trailer they took from Plantation Building and Lumber.
The three were arrested in Walterboro after a joint investigation involving RHPD, Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
A search warrant of a home in Walterboro found the truck and trailer stolen from Richmond Hill, along with other building materials that earlier were reported stolen from Grayco Hardware in Beaufort County, authorities said.
Investigators found several stolen dirt bikes on the Walterboro property as well. Inside the residence, police found windows stolen from Grayco. Authorities also found a stolen ATV at another location “in connection with the original stolen trailer,” according to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office.
The three also face charges of receiving stolen goods from Colleton County. The sheriff’s office noted that earlier in March, someone stole more than $600,000 in work trucks and lumber from the Beaufort County Grayco.
Richmond Hill Police Chief Billy Reynolds said Walterboro “seems to be an area of interest when it comes to recovering stolen property.”
Reynolds credited the work of RHPD investigators Cpl. Robert Linton and Cpl. Jack Frost, “which in effect was a major factor in solving this case and led to the discovery of other items from other jurisdictions.”
The chief also praised the work of investigators from Colleton County and South Carolina Probation and Parole, saying that without their help, the case might not have been solved.