ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have recovered nearly $30,000 worth of stolen goods, including more than 20 weapons, at an Orangeburg County home.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said utility trailers, weapons camouflage clothing and ski masks were seized after a joint operation on Sunday.
"Investigators from both the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office and the Bamberg County Sheriff's Office went to a residence where stolen items were suspected to have been taken," he said. "These items recovered were discovered to have been stolen from both Bamberg County and Barnwell County."
Authorities say the joint task force went to a Binnicker's Bridge Road residence in lower Orangeburg County after Bamberg County authorities developed information that items stolen from that jurisdiction were at the Orangeburg home.
"When officers arrived around midday Sunday, several utility trailers and a golf cart could be seen in plain view," sheriff's office officials said.
Ravenell said that since the recovery, investigators have been processing 21 rifles and shotguns, two bows, more than $5,000 worth of silver and collectible coins, another $5,000 worth of jewelry, the trailers, and golf cart.
According to investigators, the stolen items recovered closes at least four burglaries in the two Lowcountry counties.
Several ski masks, communication radios, plastic handcuffs, and an armored vest were found inside the Orangeburg County home.
"These were some sophisticated individuals prepared to go to extreme measures," Ravenell said.
Daniel Etheridge, 34, of Orangeburg, was taken into custody on charges of receiving goods over $10,000 and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Bond was set at $7,500 for Etheridge.
More arrests are expected.
"Authorities in all counties affected are again urging residents to make a list of serial numbers for their electronics, weapons, lawn equipment, or any other valuables," OCSO officials said."Take photos of jewelry and coin collections, if at all possible."
"The vast majority of this recovery – from the guns to the coins to the trailers – it's all going back to its rightful owner because they wrote down serial numbers," Ravenell said. "It's difficult to return items when there aren't any identifiers on the item. Write them down, it can only help."