ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell announced a suspect wanted in connection the theft of more than $100,000 worth of vehicles, sports memorabilia, and weapons has been arrested.
“You can’t outrun time,” he said. “No matter how much time or how long it takes, we’ll be right behind you every step of the way.”
The sheriff said 40-year-old Terry Blewer, Jr., has been charged with receiving stolen goods, two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, and receiving stolen goods, chop shop. The Santee man had been sought since an investigation led by Ravenell himself after a tip containing information of a stockpile of stolen goods was given to the sheriff personally.
That tip resulting immediate investigation on August 27 led to the discovery of a stolen motorcycle, a zero-turn mower, a personal watercraft, a welder and three trailers at a Bonner Avenue property in Santee. As the investigation continued, Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators discovered a four-wheeler, weapons and a large amount of sports memorabilia had been stolen as well.
One last check of the property revealed that a 2014 travel trailer in which Blewer had resided with his girlfriend was also stolen.
Michelle Pendarvis, Blewer’s 34-year-old girlfriend, is still being sought in the case. She is facing a charge of receiving stolen goods with a value of more than $10,000.
Ravenell said the investigation revealed the items were taken from four different Lowcountry counties, including travel trailer which was taken out of the Charleston area.
Most of the items have been returned to their owners while investigators are still working to identify more owners of the small number of items remaining, the sheriff said.
Inv. Andy Hayes asked the court to deny bond based on the fact that Blewer had been on the run since the August discovery of the cache of stolen property was located. He was apprehended in Charleston on unrelated charges and returned to Orangeburg.
Bond was set on Blewer during a hearing on Tuesday at $20,000 cash or surety by Orangeburg County Magistrate Stephanie McKune-Grant.
If anyone has any information on Pendarvis’s whereabouts, they are asked to call the OCSO at 803-534-3550 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Callers to not have to give their name.