A Kershaw County councilman was arrested Wednesday, accused of selling a truck and trailer that he did not own, the Clarendon County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sammie Tucker Jr., 48, turned himself in to authorities and was charged with unlawful sale or disposal of personal property, after he allegedly stole a truck and a trailer, along with their titles, and unlawfully sold them to another business, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The report said Tucker had permission to enter the office at Car City in Kershaw County, owned by one of his acquaintances. On Oct. 15, the owner reported that Tucker was at the business while organizing a safe driving academy event and stole a truck and trailer that once belonged to him, taking the titles from an office file cabinet, the incident report said.
Tucker allegedly took the vehicles to Turbeville Truck and Trailer store off U.S. 378 and sold them, the report said, noting in addition to not being his, the vehicles did not have clear title and could not be sold legally.
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According to the report, Tucker borrowed $20,000 from the owner of Car City. In exchange for the money, he turned the truck and trailer’s title over to Car City.
However, Tucker’s attorney, Reggie Lloyd, said Clarendon’s arrest of his client comes “out of the blue.”
SLED officials already had investigated the complaint nearly five months ago, and the solicitor’s office determined there was no criminal case to be presented, Lloyd said.
“We anticipate that this will be resolved favorably for Sammie,” Lloyd said. “We gave SLED a statement and told them we would give them anything they would need for the investigation.”
Lloyd said Tucker left a business partnership he once had with Car City’s owner.
According to documents with the State Ethics Commission, Tucker was fined $21,000 for failing to file a quarterly campaign disclosure report when he ran for the Kershaw County sheriff’s seat in November 2010.
Tucker posted a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.