North Charleston police believe they busted an auto chop shop operation with the arrest of a towing service owner.
Herman Leon Failey, 51, of Pleasant Hill Drive, Mount Pleasant, is charged with seven counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and three counts of property crime enhancement. Failey, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in Thursday and will have a bond hearing today, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.
Pryor said police located numerous stolen vehicles and vehicle parts at Failey's business, Economy Towing, 2038 Baker St., North Charleston. The investigation is ongoing, and there may be additional charges, he said.
Pryor provided six police reports dated Tuesday regarding stolen motor vehicles, or parts, allegedly recovered from Failey's towing service lot. Listed are a 2000 Toyota Camry and an engine from a 2004 Chevy Malibu, both reported stolen in Charleston; a Dodge Charger (no year provided) stolen from Sandy Springs, Ga.; a 2000 Buick Park Avenue and a Lincoln Navigator (no year provided) stolen in North Charleston; and an engine from a 2001 Cadillac DeVille reported stolen from Hanahan.
A report describes a U-Haul trailer in which four Chevrolet doors and a Chevrolet tailgate were found while police were looking for a stolen 2004 Lincoln Navigator owned by a Huger resident. A check of serial numbers determined the parts were from a stolen car.
The Lincoln was not found, and the doors and tailgate were taken into police custody pending identification of the owners, the report said.