Stolen boats, guitars, TV lead to Lexington arrest

cwinston@thestate.comSeptember 11, 2013 

Charles Heyward Spires Jr.

— A 26-year-old Lexington man was arrested and faces several charges after stolen items were allegedly found in his possession.

Charles Heyward Spires Jr., of 132 Boiling Springs Lane, was arrested Saturday morning in a West Columbia motel on charges of second-degree burglary, grand larcent and receiving stolen goods. He was also served with a family court bench warrant issued after Spires didn’t make child support payments.

Warrants allege that shortly before noon Sept. 5, Spires entered a Stephanie Drive home and stole one Sharp 42-inch, flat-screen television, one Schecter Telecaster electric guitar, one Warwick electric bass guitar and one Alvarez acoustic guitar. Unable to sell some of the items at stores, Spires was found in possession of some of the items by detectives.

A month earlier, a warrant says, Spires stole on Aug. 11 a 19-foot Grady White fishing boat and the trailer on which the boat was stored from outside a home on Highgrove Circle near West Columbia. The boat was recovered four days later in the woods off Wolverton Mountain Lane near Lexington.

In addition, an arrest warrant alleges, Spires possessed one U-Haul car hauler, one Traveler fishing boat, one War Eagle fishing boat, one Stingray fishing boat and boat trailers that had been reported stolen. Several of those items were also recovered in the woods on Aug. 15.

Witnesses identified Spires as the man who placed stolen items in the woods.

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