MCCONNELLS, YORK COUNTY, SC - York County Sheriff’s Office recently arrested three men involved in multiple cases of theft of copper and damage to property, including theft/damage to property that caused a power outage in parts of Clover the night of February 20, 2013.
Gary Lee Scott, age 27, Mark Allen Main, age 23, and Robert Keith Sweeney, age 45, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of Grand Larceny, Criminal Conspiracy, Larceny, Malicious Injury to Telephone/Electrical Systems, and Possession of Tools capable of being used in a Crime. The arrests came as a result of an investigation that began in December of 2012 concerning thefts from various cell phone towers and electric co-op substations located in Clover, Sharon, Hickory Grove, York and Smyrna.
On the night of February 20, 2013 York Electric contacted the York County Sheriff’s Office to report that grounding wires had been cut at a sub-station on Green Pond Rd, Clover, SC. The York County K-9 team was activated and canine units led deputies nearly 1.5 miles to 111 Cloverleaf Dr. in Clover; residence of Scott and Main. A search warrant was executed at this residence and detectives seized several items of evidence related to several theft cases. Information received during this search warrant led detectives to the execution of a second search warrant at 3262 N. York St. in Sharon, Sweeney’s residence, and detectives recovered cut wire connectors and four large batteries.
During interviews with the suspects, statements were given implicating their involvement in approximately 9 cases in York County and also cases in Charlotte, NC and Gaston County, NC. The current monetary amount in theft and damages in the York County cases totals over $22,500, however the investigation is ongoing.