Two Elgin men charged with theft of metal from Lugoff plant

February 19, 2014 

(l to r) Arthur Gomzales and Christopher Strange

(l to r) Arthur Gomzales and Christopher Strange


LUGOFF, SC Two Elgin men were charged with grand larceny after allegedly stealing about $5,000 worth of aluminum piping from the Invista textile plant in Lugoff.

Christopher Strange, 25, and Arthur Gonzales, 36, were arrested Tuesday after an Invista employee reported seeing the men in a truck on company property, Sheriff Jim Matthews said in a release. Strange and Gonzales got onto the property by driving down railroad tracks that run by the plant, Matthews said.

The Invista fire marshal confronted the two around noon after seeing “a considerable number of aluminum pipes” that were stored at the plant in the back of their truck. Gonzales was detained on site and deputies tracked Strange, who fled on foot, to a nearby house where he surrendered.

Both men were being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing, Matthews said.

-- By Rachael Myers Lowe

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