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Two arrested, one sought in thefts

Posted: November 11, 2010 3:35 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Two men from North Carolina have been arrested and another North Carolina man is being sought in connection with the theft of a pair of large lawn mowers from one Camden business and a trailer from another. The mowers were valued at a combined total of $15,000.

According to incident reports, the Camden Police Department (CPD) arrested Danny Farriel Coe, 41, with addresses listed in Rowland, N.C., and Lakeport, Fla., and charged him with one count of third degree burglary and two counts of grand larceny. Rowland is located just over the S.C./N.C. state line off I-95.

A second suspect, Tyrone Hunt, 35, also of Rowland, N.C., was found at his home by Robeson County, N.C., deputies. CPD Lt. Herbie Frasier said Hunt is being held on $20,000 bond awaiting extradition to Camden.

“He is also being charged with burglary, third, and two counts of grand larceny,” said Frasier.

Hunt’s 33-year-old brother, Russell Dean Hunt, also of Rowland, N.C., is still being sought by law enforcement and will face the same charges levied against his brother and Coe.

The thefts took place Halloween night, Oct. 31. Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd said the incident is just now being reported because investigators were still working on leads gleaned from interviewing Coe following his arrest.

According to the first CPD report, Patrolman Jeffrey G. Chaffins was performing a routine property check around 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31 when he found the mowers next to a travel service company on Dicey Ford Road. Chaffins wrote in the report that he recognized them as the same lawn mowers usually on display outside Outdoor Equipment Plus on Lyttleton Street near Broad Street. Chaffins went to Outdoor Equipment and saw the mowers he usually saw there were gone and a padlock securing the mowers with a chain had been cut.

By the time the business owner was contacted, another officer arrived and stayed with the mowers while Chaffins returned to Outdoor Equipment to do a further check of the property. A third officer joined him and discovered a chain securing the business’ fence was cut as well. However, nothing else appeared to be disturbed.

Chaffins and a number of other officers met with Sgt. David Hagan at a nearby grocery store parking lot. Hagan gave orders for officers to stay hidden and keep watch on the mowers in the hopes any suspects would return to take the mowers. A short time later, the business owner met officers in the grocery store parking lot and the plan was explained to him.

At Hagan’s orders, Chaffins and the business owner went to a nearby club’s parking lot and then walked down to Outdoor Equipment’s rear fence. After some time passed, Hagan advised other officers that he had Coe in custody and another man ran off. Officers began looking in a wooded area between railroad tracks and the travel office in an effort to locate the second suspect, later identified as Tyrone Hunt.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies were asked to join in the search, setting up a perimeter. The KCSO tracking team was also called to the scene.

While walking the area where the mowers had been found with Chaffins, the business owner noticed a red funnel on the ground next to one of the mowers. He then noticed the caps to the mowers’ fuel tanks were missing and that a green garden hose was on the other side of the mower. Chaffins reported it appeared the suspects used a garden hose to remove fuel from the mowers.

Although a KCSO K-9 picked up a scent, Tyrone Hunt was not located.

Frasier said that by then, Russell Hunt had already picked up his brother.

“He was driving the truck towing the trailer. They were going to load the mowers on it,” Frasier said. “He dumped the trailer off Dicey Creek and picked his brother up.”

The mowers were returned to Outdoor Equipment and Coe was taken to jail where he was served with three warrants.

The next day, officers traced the trailer to Lowe’s on Bay Lane, where they determined Coe or the Hunts had cut a security cable and forcibly removed a ball lock from the trailer, valued at $6,000.

Authorities described Russell Hunt as a Native America male of North Carolina’s Lumbee tribe, approximately 6 feet 4 inches tall and 280 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about these thefts or Russell Hunt’s whereabouts is asked to call CPD investigators at 425-6025.

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