Follow up on “Be careful where you leave your vehicle” article

Published 9:56 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2019

LANDRUM—Over the weekend the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a possible attempted theft of a vehicle in Landrum. The information that was provided through the officer’s report stated that there was damage to the victim’s vehicle that would be consistent with an attempted theft. 

After speaking with an undisclosed source at the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, additional information on the report and victim in question have been obtained. The “victim” of the attempted theft has been on Spartanburg County’s radar for several months for possible connection to illegal acts across the county. 

The “victim” reported an attempted vehicle theft several months ago, reporting the same damage to police that was reported again over the weekend. The “victim” has contacted the Sheriff’s Office on several occasions, reporting a new attempted vehicle theft and showing the same damage that was already shown in the previous reports.

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The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office attempted to process the reported theft when it was reported the first time months ago, but the “victim” has continued to report the same damage on the vehicle as new attempted thefts. Additionally, the source with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office stated that the “victim” has changed their story on multiple occasions and lied to officers on scene when questioned about the damage to the vehicle, which caused the delay and complications when processing the case. 

The officer that processed the scene over the weekend was not aware of the case and had not been informed of the “victims” previous history with the department.

The undisclosed source did say that there are an increased number of thefts and attempted thefts during the hot summer months and encouraged residents to lock their vehicles and remove all valuables if they are going to be away from the vehicle for any period of time. 

By Samuel Robinson