Suspect in Lawnmower Theft Ring Arrested

Newberry County, SC (WLTX) - Newberry County deputies have arrested a suspect they say is part of a lawnmower theft ring.

Officers say Santerrio Montinez Smith, 25, is facing fourteen different charges, including grand larceny.

Between March and June, Newbery County deputies say they investigated a series of lawnmower thefts in the county. Officers say in addition to the crimes there, Kershaw, Richland, and Fairfield Counties also experience similar crimes.

As investigators began arresting people in connection with the case, they determined that Smith was a key player in the theft ring, determining which locations and which items were to be stolen. On June 10th, officers say they stopped a lawnmower theft in progress,and during that arrest, they got more information on Smith's involvement.

Officers say Smith surrendered to them on June 24th. He's since been released on bond.


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