Stolen items offered on Craig’s List, Lexington man busted

rlowe@thestate.comFebruary 1, 2014 

James Allen Spires

James Allen Spires


— When James Allen Spires answered his door Thursday, he was going to meet two men who he thought were interested in buying two items he had listed on Craig’s List. Instead, he was arrested by the two undercover detectives with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and charged with trying to sell stolen goods on the online flea market.

The 34-year-old Lexington man offered to sell two motor vehicle trailers with a combined value of $22,600, Sheriff James Metts said in a news release. He told the detectives they could have each (a black-and-white Can-Am Maverick utility trailer and a dual-axle trailer) for $1000 each.

Spires would not produce any paperwork to show that he owned the vehicles, such as a bill of sale, Metts said. He allegedly was also vague in describing how he came into possession of them. The arrest warrant alleges these facts suggest he “had knowledge to reasonably believe’ both trailers were stolen.

The Maverick trailer was reported stolen January 22 from Production Metals located at 154 Old Barnwell Road near West Columbia, Metts said. The other trailer was reported stolen January 28 from Hoover Building Systems, Inc. at 1120 Two Notch Road in Lexington.

Spires, charged with two counts of receiving stolen goods, was being held Friday night at the Lexington County Detention Center on $5,000 bail.

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