Stolen car sales to salvage yards prompts call for tougher law

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County state senator says he will pre-file a bill next year to make it more difficult for thieves to sell stolen cars to salvage yards.

Senator Paul Campbell wants the law changed to require anyone who sells a car to a salvage yard to have the car's title. Right now, salvage yards only have to take pictures of the car, write down the vehicle identification number and make a photo copy of the seller's drivers license.

Campbell's call for the new law comes after the arrest of a father and son from Awendaw who are suspected of stealing close to 200 vehicles from interstate highways in South Carolina and Georgia.

William Craven, 69, and his son Anthony Craven, 35, are being held in the Calhoun County Detention Center. Authorities say the suspects were towing a stolen car when they were arrested last month.

Berkeley County investigators say the scrap metal business owner kept perfect records that helped them connect the Cravens to 71 stolen vehicles.

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