Couple steals car from downtown Tryon

Published 6:21 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Greenville County sheriff’s deputies and Tryon police officers apprehended a Tryon couple in Gowensville Monday evening after they stole a car from outside Buck’s Pizza in Tryon around 6:12 p.m.

Angela Denise Ross, 46, and Steven Brent Mooney, 26, both of 161 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, were stopped at the Spinx in Gowensville after a Tryon officer pulled up behind them at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 11.

 Angela Ross

Angela Ross

Tryon Police Chief Jeff Arrowood said one of his officers headed through Landrum seeking the car out.

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“The last two or three cars we’ve had stolen have gone toward Greenville for some reason, so our officer began looking in that general direction,” Arrowood said.

Officers originally received a call of a stolen 2011 Chevy Malibu just after 6 p.m. The keys were in the vehicle at the time it was stolen.

Arrowood said crimes like this do happen in small towns.

Steven Mooney

Steven Mooney

“I would advise people to lock their cars and take their keys with them, because even though you’d like to think you could leave your car or your home unlocked, you never know what could happen,” Arrowood said. “Had his doors been locked and no keys, who knows if they would have stolen the car, but the opportunity was there and some people can’t resist that urge.”

Arrowood said Tryon plans to charge the couple with possession of a stolen vehicle. He said the two remain in Greenville County custody, where Ross is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle because she was driving the vehicle.

Mooney was charged with petty larceny for theft of the cash that was in the vehicle.

Both the automobile and $90 in cash were recovered, Arrowood said.

Ross is in the Greenville County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond, Mooney under a $5,000 bond.