Laurens Co. pair charged with operating chop shop

cwinston@thestate.comMarch 25, 2014 

— Two Laurens County residents face a number of charges after deputies say they were found stolen equipment and drugs.

Christopher Bruce Anders, 40, of Mountville and Melissa Fairly Rhymer, 35, of Cross Hill were both arrested and charged with three counts of violation of the Chop Shop Act, two counts of receiving stolen goods, and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to a press release from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

They were transported to the Johnson Detention Center, where they were placed on hold for Greenwood County on similar charges.

Last week, the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was told of a 2004 utility trailer stolen from Cross Hill. Greenwood County deputies were later informed of a four-wheeler stolen from their jurisdiction was located in Laurens County. A search warrant was executed and the trailer, four-wheeler and other stolen property was located — along with the drugs.

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