Police charge missing Goose Creek man's roommate with stealing car

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Goose Creek Police have issued a warrant for a missing Goose Creek man's roommate they say stole the man's car from a home where a badly-burned body was discovered.

Shannon Maurice Smith, Jr., 23, faces a charge of grand larceny, Goose Creek Assistant Police Chief John Grainger said. Smith is accused of stealing a 2017 Honda Civic which belongs to the resident of a home on Madeline Drive where authorities discovered the body in a barrel in the backyard of the property, Grainger said.

The resident who owns the car is currently listed as a missing person, and police went to the man's home on Feb. 27 to conduct a welfare check after his daughter said she had been unable to reach him, an affidavit states.

Investigators say Smith was a roommate of the missing man and used an alias by which he was identified during the investigation.

Smith was arrested with two other people in St. Peters, Missouri on Feb. 28, and was in possession of the missing man's vehicle and keys to that vehicle, the affidavit states.

The pair arrested with Smith told Missouri authorities Smith claimed he leased the vehicle, but Smith identified himself to police with the alias and admitted the car belonged to the missing man, adding that he had permission to use it, the affidavit states.

The body found in the barrel was burned beyond recognition. Authorities are awaiting results of forensic testing samples in order to positively identify the body.

Grainger said the grand larceny warrant has not yet been served because Smith is currently wanted in North Carolina on a weapons charge that may carry a higher extradition priority.

The Berkeley County Solicitor's Office is working with North Carolina authorities on this situation, he said.

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