Six plead guilty as part of theft ring in Marlboro County

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    MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Six people pleaded guilty this week for their roles in the theft and sale of nearly $400,000 worth of personal property stolen from victims in Marlboro County between 2007 and 2017, according to a news release from the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.

    During this time period, there were over a dozen thefts throughout Marlboro County, as well as the surrounding Pee Dee region. The thefts remained unsolved until an anonymous tip regarding a suspicious tractor hidden in a wooded area in Bennettsville; the tractor was found to be stolen.

    Items stolen included several tractors, trailers, large farm equipment, ATV/UTVs, and other heavy equipment. As a result of the investigation, most of the stolen property was recovered during execution of search warrants on suspects’ property in Marlboro County, as well as several pieces that were recovered after being sold to a person in Columbus County, North Carolina, the release says.

    Those that pleaded guilty are:

    • Christopher Jermaine Carter, of Bennettsville, pleaded guilty to one count of grand larceny over $10,000, four counts grand larceny value over $2,000 but less than $10,000, one count of third degree burglary and one count criminal conspiracy.
    • Jamie Truett Gray, of Bennettsville, pleaded guilty to nine counts grand larceny value over $10,000, one count grand larceny value over $2,000 but less than $10,000 and one count receiving stolen goods value over $10,000.
    • Michael Wayne Summerford, of Latta, pleaded guilty to one count receiving stolen goods value over $2,000 but less than $10,000.
    • Sandy Carson Miller, of Chesterfield, pleaded guilty to one count receiving stolen goods value over $2,000 but less than $10,000.
    • Wilbur David Berry, of Latta, pleaded guilty to one count receiving stolen goods value over $2,000 but less than $10,000.
    • Johnny Walker Britt, of Bennettsville, pleaded guilty to one count receiving stolen goods value over $10,000, one count of accessory after the fact of a felony and one count of criminal conspiracy.

    According to the release, the Honorable Roger E. Henderson accepted the pleas of Carter and Summerford on Monday. Gray, Miller, Berry and Britt pleaded guilty on Wednesday. Due to Carter and Gray’s major roles in the theft ring, sentencing related to their guilty pleas was deferred until the conclusion of the prosecution of the remaining co-defendants, the release says. Summerford received a sentence of 18 months suspended to one year probation. Miller received a sentence of three years suspended to one year probation, while Berry received a sentence of one year suspended to one year probation. Britt received a sentence of three years suspended to 90 days active sentence followed by three years’ probation, the release notes.

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