North Charleston pawn shop theft ring suspects appear in court
Nine people accused of being part of a theft ring that operated out of a North Charleston pawn shop appeared in federal court for an arraignment this morning.
The U.S. Attorney’s office also provided more information on their identities, rather than just their names that appear in the Feb. 13 indictment charging them with conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate commerce.
Those listed in the indictment are Eugene Walter Jones, 58, of Goose Creek, owner of Patriot Pawn on Rivers Avenue; Danny Ray Beacham, 46, of Goose Creek; John Long, 22, of Mount Pleasant; Rashaad Lewis, 24, of North Charleston; Jerome Smalls, 42, of Charleston; Kelly Wingate, a 37-year-old female; Philip Wingate, 32; Catherine Yantis, 42; and Gerald Sullivan Jr., 42, of North Charleston.
Those who appeared in court were released on unsecured bonds, according to Beth Drake, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Kelly Wingate was arrested and booked into the Charleston County jail after the arraignment on a separate charge of breach of trust, according to jail records.
The indictment says Jones recruited people to steal stuff out of stores so he, Beacham and Long could sell it on eBay.
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