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Two more arrested in stolen truck case

Responsible for thefts in three counties

Posted: January 18, 2011 4:56 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A Cassatt couple has been arrested in connection with the Jan. 11 theft of a Ford truck and subsequent chase that injured a Kershaw County deputy.

Ronald Ellison Moody, 23, and Kimberly Marie Hinson, 22, both of Cassatt, were arrested Jan. 13, according to Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Capt. Ed Corey. Corey said Moody was with Richard Daniel Altman, 49, of Lugoff, when Altman stole a Ford F-100 truck from a Lachicotte Road convenience store. The truck’s owner had seen Altman with Moody. The victim confronted Moody only to be injured when Moody sped away in a Jeep owned by Hinson.

While Moody initially got away, Corey chased after Altman down Lachicotte Road. Corey was struck by a part of the truck’s door when he tried to remove Altman from the truck. Altman was later found hiding in a dumpster and arrested. He was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill and motor vehicle theft.

According to supplemental information on that case, Altman was found “curled up in the corner of the Dumpster, in a fetal position.” He reportedly obeyed all commands while being arrested and taken to jail.

Corey said Moody is being charged in the truck theft case with first degree assault and battery for injuring the victim and motor vehicle theft as Altman’s accomplice.

Hinson is being charged as an accessory after the fact.

“We found them together out in Cassatt where they used to stay on English Road,” said Corey. “It was her Jeep and she knew we were looking for (Moody).”

The Lachicotte Road chase took place on a night when Kershaw County was still dealing with heavy snow and ice. Deputies -- with assistance from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and S.C. Department of Natural Resources -- also rescued a special needs student who went into a wooded area without a coat or shoes.

With Moody and Hinson’s arrests, KCSO investigators soon realized they and Altman were responsible for more than just stealing a Camden man’s truck.

“We arrested (Moody and Hinson) Thursday morning and we executed a search warrant that night,” Corey said.

Through interviews with Altman and his accomplices, investigators determined the trio stole at least two boats and two utility trailers. Corey said they are working with Richland and Chesterfield county deputies on thefts the three suspects may have perpetrated in those jurisdictions.

The trio is suspected of stealing a utility trailer from a Thoroughfare Branch Road, Cassatt, home on Jan. 4. The victim told deputies at the time that Moody and Hinson came by the day before, asking to use the trailer. She said she had agreed, but only if her brother-in-law was with them.

In a Jan. 7 KCSO report, a man on Holly Berry Lane in Lugoff reported his trailer, which had been made from an old pop-up camper, had been stolen. A deputy responding to the scene reported finding a liquor store receipt that did not belong to the victim.

Corey said all three suspects confessed to stealing both utility trailers and their involvement in other larcenies.

“We found a lawnmower they said they stole, but we don’t know where it was stolen from,” said Corey.

He said they also confessed to stealing two jon boats.

“We recovered one of them, but they had already disposed of the other,” Corey said, adding that more charges were likely. “This case kept investigators busy and we’re digging deeper.”

Altman, Hinson and Moody were all still being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center as of Monday afternoon.

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