LEXINGTON COUNTY — A Gaston man has been charged in connection with the theft of two cases of Coors Light beer from a beverage company truck delivering to a convenience store in West Columbia.
Richard Eugene Richards, 40, of Pineturn Lane, was arrested on a warrant of breaking into a motor vehicle in connection with the Tuesday incident at a Circle K at 2600 Sunset Blvd., Lexington County Sheriff James Metts announced Wednesday.
In the truck theft, Metts alleges Richards took 24 6-ounce aluminum bottles of beer, hid them behind a trash can, then attempted to steal other alcoholic beverages from a Beverage South of Aiken delivery truck parked at the Circle K.
Deputies responded to a call at about 6:39 a.m. Tuesday about the missing beer, Metts said. Deputies responding the call encountered Richards in the store’s parking lot, Metts said, and the delivery truck driver identified the suspect as the person who he saw take beer from the truck.
Deputies at the scene also discovered Richards had several brass pipe fittings that Lexington Medical public safety officers later determined had been stolen from Lexington Medical Center maintenance vehicles, which were parked at the hospital on Sunset Boulevard. Deputies also served Richards with arrest warrants in connection to those vehicle break-ins.
Richards was being held Wednesday at the Lexington County Detention Center.