Trailer, equipment stolen from Lowcountry business; suspect arrested


LADSON, S.C. (WCBD) — A Ladson man is charged with grand larceny after stealing a trailer and other equipment from a Lowcountry business Wednesday afternoon.

Justin Heath Chesser, 39, is charged with two charges of Grand Larceny and breaking and entering a locked yard after 6 p.m. He was also wanted on probation related charges. The state agents took him to a state prison in lieu of him being booked into the Hill-Finklea Detention Center. He was arrested following a traffic stop.

The owner of Mike’s Tree Service in Ladson, while busy with the storm damage work, had his trailer, equipment, and stump grinning mini-skid stolen from the storage yard in Ladson.

We’re told the equipment was worth approximately $43,540.

According to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, two citizens called the sheriff’s office after witnessing something suspicious. Authorities say they saw a male and female in a white Ford F-150 with Texas tags drive up to the business and beat on something until they made entry.

One deputy spotted a truck matching the vehicle description parked unoccupied on Rutt Lane, an area not terribly close to the theft location. After watching the truck for approximately 20 minutes, the occupants returned to it and drove off, according to a news release.

Chesser admitted to stealing the trailer and unhooking it not far from where the vehicle was spotted on Rutt Lane. Chesser provided the location where he had unhooked it and deputies were able to locate and recover the stolen trailer and equipment.

The owner of Mike’s Tree Service claimed his trailer and equipment from the location.

“I have to commend the two witnesses who were alert and took time to call us so that we could help solve this. Working together, we can make Berkeley County a safer place for everyone. It is terrible that someone would try to steal a man’s livelihood at a time like this,” Sheriff D. Lewis stated.

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