Orangeburg,SC (WLTX) The majority of what is now estimated to be nearly a quarter of a million dollars’ worth of stolen motorcycles have been recovered while the burglary ring behind it has been broken up.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Ravenell said that 24 of 26 stolen motorcycles and ATVs have been recovered as well as a utility trailer. “I said yesterday we’d be on the perpetrator’s doorsteps to find these vehicles and we were,” the sheriff said. “We’re still looking for two vehicles and three more subjects, who are wanted in this motorcycle theft. We’ll be on those door steps soon too.”
Talmadge Sprinkle, Jr., Ricquan Corley, both 18, and 17-year-old Maurkiem Davis were charged earlier this week with second-degree burglary in connection with the power outage break-in at the Honda dealership in Orangeburg.
Bond was set during that hearing on Wednesday at $15,000 surety on each of the teens.
The trio are now facing new charges following the high dollar theft at the motorcycle dealership.
On Friday, Sprinkle, Corley, and Davis were served with additional warrants of possession of burglary tools, grand larceny, criminal conspiracy, and malicious injury to personal property.
Sprinkle and Corley are further charged with two more counts of second-degree burglary for the Honda burglary and another charge of second-degree burglary for a September burglary of an Edisto Drive gun shop in which more than 20 guns were taken.
The owner of the Honda shop told the court that in addition to the $220,000 in stolen bikes, a 55-gallon drum of oil was punctured in what he believes was an intentional act that caused an estimated $15,000 in damages to the building itself.
The Wade’s Gun Repair owner stated $15,000 in weapons were stolen.
A rifle stolen from the gun shop was recovered as part of the Honda dealership investigation.
Bond was denied on each of the original trio.
Investigators said two juveniles, one a 16 year old and another 15 years old were also charged in the early Sunday break-in of the Honda shop. Their names can’t be released due to their age.
Three more subjects are being sought: Kenyatta Alexander Smith, 34, Marquise Stokes, 26, and Marco Frazier, 21.
Smith is facing a charge of receiving stolen goods valued over $10,000 while Stokes is facing two counts of second-degree burglary – one for the Honda incident and another for Wade’s - grand larceny, criminal conspiracy, and malicious injury to personal property. Frazier is looking at two counts of second-degree burglary for the Honda break-in, grand larceny, criminal conspiracy, and malicious injury to personal property.
The initial crack in the ring came early Sunday morning while power remained out due to Hurricane Matthew. OCSO investigators were notified by Orangeburg Department of Public Safety officers that a brand new ATV was found abandoned on Glover Street in Orangeburg.
Deputies believed the ATV may have come from the Orangeburg Honda dealership near I-26. When they approached that location, they spotted several more ATVs and located a vehicle leaving the business with a dirt bike in the trunk.
A large portion of the ATVs and motorcycles were recovered late Thursday at a Big Buck Boulevard residence.
“This isn’t over, we’re still investigating this very aggressively,” Ravenell said. “This burglary task force won’t quit until all of these suspects are in custody.”
Anyone with information on the location of the remaining subjects or dirt bikes is asked to call the OCSO 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.