ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Four Orangeburg County men were arrested Thursday after a copper sting operation.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office conducted undercover investigations at all eight recycling centers in Orangeburg County to identify any owners or employees who were not requesting documentation of sellers.
As a result, authorities arrested Linard Oneal Kemmerlin, 63, of Branchville, and Samuel Dale Hamar, 35, both of Branchville. They were taken into custody at Classic Motors in Rowesville after deputies say they purchased copper from an undercover officer without documentation.
Matthew Chad Sanderson, 37, of Johnsonville, and Robert Canty, 52, of Elloree, were arrested at LTQ Recycling Center in Elloree for also allegedly purchasing copper without documentation.
All four suspects were charged with purchase of nonferrous metals. Kemmerlin, Canty and Hamar were issued surety bonds for $1,092. Sanderson's surety bond was set at $1,500.
"The law is simple. Scrap metal dealers need to be asking for identification and transportation permits of anyone selling more than 25 pounds of copper," Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said in a press release Friday. "If owners and employees aren't adhering to the laws, then their next purchase may land them in jail."