Three charged in Lowcountry theft ring; more arrests expected

Shawn Paul Driggers

Three Summerville area residents were arrested over the weekend in Berkeley County after police say they were involved in a theft ring that operated across the Lowcountry.

Shawn Paul Driggers, 35, of State Road is charged with two counts of receiving and possessing stolen goods and one count of receiving and possessing a stolen vehicle. Andrew Michael Carroll, 26, of Longleaf Road is charged with two counts of receiving and possessing a stolen vehicle, one count of receiving and possessing stolen goods and one count of grand larceny of a motor vehicle. Sabrina Osburn, 30, also of Longleaf Road, is charged with misprision of a felony.

Driggers and Carroll are being held at the Berkeley County jail, and Osburn has been released.

Deputies recovered a 53-foot enclosed trailer Jan. 21 from an undisclosed location in Lebanon the day after it was reported stolen from Frankie Lane in Ladson, according to a Monday news release from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. The trailer is valued at about $30,000 and was used to haul a dragster. Also recovered was a stolen 1997 Chevrolet C-3500 truck that was used to tow the dragster.

The Chevrolet truck had been reported stolen from Fanelli’s Auto Sales on North Main Street in Summerville. The $30,000 dragster that was stored in the stolen trailer was not found at the time, according to the release.

However, deputies issued a search warrant Sunday at 3123 State Road and found several other stolen items, including the dragster. Also located at that address was an enclosed trailer that had been reported stolen from Georgetown County and a Polaris Ranger four-wheeler reported stolen from Colleton County in the Cottageville area. The total amount for items recovered so far is $100,000, according to the release.

The investigation was conducted with assistance from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, the release states. Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rick Ollic said more arrests are expected and that the investigation into the scope of the theft operation is ongoing.

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