The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office has arrested one person and recovered an estimated $200,000 in reported stolen vehicles, motorcycles, trailers and other items after uncovering a "chop shop" operation in the St. Stephen area.
Berkeley County detectives received information recently that four stolen motorcycles were at a St. Stephen address.
After corroborating the information, a search warrant was obtained for the property at 4422 N. Highway 52. A National Crime Information Center check revealed the motorcycles had been reported stolen, along with a pickup truck and an enclosed trailer, from a motel parking lot in Orangeburg County. The approximate value of the motorcycles is $70,000, according to the sheriff's office.
Detectives arrested and charged the owner of the residence, Harrison William Lucas, 46, with operating a "chop shop." Several items on the motorcycles had been removed or modified. Deputies also found parts to the stolen trailer along and a truck that had been taken earlier from Orangeburg County.
The investigation is ongoing, according to the sheriff's office.
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