Crime

March 14, 2014

Police: Lexington father, son accused of stealing $86,684 of equipment

A Lexington County man and his son have been charged with stealing or possessing stolen utility trailers and all-terrain vehicles.

A Lexington County man and his son have been charged with stealing or possessing stolen utility trailers and all-terrain vehicles.

Police say Skyler Haynes Brazell, 17, was arrested Tuesday on four counts of grand larceny. Brazell was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center Frdiay on a total of $70,000 bail, Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said.

“Police will serve arrest warrants on two counts of grand larceny and one count of receiving stolen goods on Todd Haynes Brazell, 38, when he is released from the Saluda County Detention Center,” Sheriff Metts said. “Brazell is being held there Friday on charges related to the Lexington County charges.”

Both men are accused of stealing three trailers and one all-terrain vehicle and possessing two semi-trailers, one tractor, 13 propane tanks and tools that had been reported stolen in Lexington, Orangeburg and Saluda Counties between Feb. 28 and March 3. The total value of items stolen is estimated to be $86,684.

According to an arrest warrant, Skyler Brazell stole one 20-foot white Haulmark Industries enclosed trailer worth about $5,000 from outside a home near Lexington between March 1 and March 2.

Skyler Brazell and his father, Todd Brazell, are accused of stealing one white Freedom enclosed trailer worth $5,000 from a work site near Lexington between March 1 and March 3. Sheriff Metts said the trailer contained tools worth about $2,300.

Both are also accused of stealing a privately owned Hardee utility trailer and one privately owned Polaris Sportsman 700 all-terrain vehicle, worth a combined $2,200 from outside a Lexington County Fire Service fire station at 2703 Two Notch Road between Feb. 28 and March 2, Sheriff Metts said.

According to Sheriff Metts, detectives later recovered the utility trailer reported stolen from the fire station.

On March 7, police found Skyler Brazell and Todd Brazell were in possession of one 2003 Evan logging semi-trailer, one 2006 Fontaine flat-bed, semi-trailer, one John Deere tractor, one Frontier tractor attachment, one Husqvarna back-pack leaf blower, three Stihl weed-eaters, one Poulan pole saw, one Weed Eater trimmer, one Troy Bilt pressure washer, one Napa battery charger, and 13 propane tanks, according to arrest warrants.

Sheriff Metts said all items were found after officers executed a search warrant at the home where Skylar Brazell and Todd Brazell live. The total value of stolen items found is $72,184.

The semi-trailers were reported stolen from Orangeburg County, and all of the other items were reported stolen from Lexington County, Sheriff Metts said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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