Deputies arrest suspects after $100k stolen items recovered

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WCBD) -Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced a five subjects wanted in connection with thefts around the Santee have been arrested.

“I said yesterday these individuals knew that when we look for someone, we bring them in to face their crimes,” the sheriff said. “And here are five of the seven we’re looking for.”

Ravenell said Taylor Weatherford, 25, of Summerton; Tabitha Weatherford, 33, of Elloree; and Thomas Smith, 31, of Orangeburg; Christopher Peagler, 30, of Santee; and Jimmy Martin, 48, of Summerton, were taken into custody late Tuesday.

Taylor Weatherford faces three counts of grand larceny, two counts of third-degree burglary, and one count of petit larceny. Bond was set on Taylor Weatherford at $58,125.
Tabitha Weatherford is charged with one count of grand larceny. Her bond was set at $12,000.

Thomas Smith is charged with grand larceny. Smith’s bond was set at $12,000.

Christopher Peagler is charged with three counts of grand larceny, three counts of third-degree burglary, and one count of petit larceny. His bond was placed at $68,125.
Jimmy Martin faces three counts of grand larceny, three counts of third-degree burglary and one count of petit larceny. His bond was set at $68,125.

OCSO investigators said the two Weatherford sisters, Smith, and Martin were involved in the theft of four golf carts valued at about $26,000.

Lake Marion Golf Course reported the four cars missing two weeks ago. Three of the four carts have been recovered while investigators unraveled who was behind the thefts.
Peagler’s charges stem from multiple break-ins at residences in the Eutawville area. An a/c unit as well as power tools were reported missing in those cases.

Investigators are still searching for 40-year-old Terry Blewer, Jr. and 34-year-old Michelle Pendarvis in unrelated cases after nearly $100,000 worth of stolen vehicles, a personal watercraft, trailers, weapons and sports memorabilia were recovered at a Bonner Avenue residence in Santee.

Ravenell personally opened the investigation after a concerned citizen provided the sheriff with information about the Bonner Avenue cache of stolen property.

“We’re in the process of returning the stolen property as we speak,” the sheriff said. “If anyone has any information on the remaining two, we have a place for them as well.”
Anyone with information on Blewer or Pendarvis or any of the cases is asked to call the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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