$100k bond set for man accused of running chop shop

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond at $100,000 on Friday for a 51-year-old man charged for running an alleged chop shop at his towing business in North Charleston.

The North Charleston Police Department has charged Herman Leon Failey with seven counts of possession of a stolen vehicle and three counts of property crime enhancement.

Authorities say the charges stem from investigators locating stolen vehicles at Failey's business, Economy Towing on 2038 Baker Street.

On Tuesday, officers responded to Economy Towing in reference to a stolen car on the property. Officers say they located the stolen car, a black Navigator, and also located a Dodge Charger that had also been reported stolen.

A police report states that officers contacted the owner who refused to come to the scene.

According to a police report, officers also found the following stolen vehicles and parts:

  • An engine that belonged to a 2001 Cadillac Deville
  • An engine that belonged to a stolen 2004 Chevy Malibu
  • A Buick
  • A 2004 Lincoln Navigator
  • Car doors belonging to a Chevrolet
  • A 2000 Toyota Camry

Police say the case is ongoing and say there may be additional charges.

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