ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Three Orangeburg County men were arrested Monday morning after attempting to steal aluminum from an abandoned school, authorities say.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said because of the help of a concerned citizen, deputies were able to catch the thieves. Sheriff Ravenell said the men had a generator, chains, and they brought their lunch to the crime scene.
Deputies arrested 53-year-old Joe Anthony Golden, 49-year-old James Curtis Baker, and 44-year-old Antonio Little.
They are all charged with trespassing and petit larceny. Baker and Little are also charged with malicious injury to real property.
The abandoned school has not been used for years, and although there are no trespassing signs and the gate is locked, Orangeburg District Three officials responded to the scene as well.
Ravenell has asked the community to watch over different properties that are not in daily use, to prevent anymore expensive damage and vandalisms. "Stealing is stealing, If you can prepare a packed lunch, then you can go get a job. Just because the property is not in use doesn't make it a free for all."
Ravenell says the investigation is still going on, after receipts were found in the vehicle from recycling centers.