Mark Alan Warnock, owner of Warnock Construction, is facing a charge of receiving stolen goods of more than $10,000 in value after county deputies located more than $500,000 worth of stolen vehicles on his property. Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested Warnock on Friday night after locating the stolen vehicles on his Spring Hill Road property southeast of Camden earlier that day.
According to a KCSO report, a deputy was dispatched to Warnock’s address after a tracking device on a vehicle stolen out of York County placed it at that location. As the deputy drove up, they identified a newer white Dodge Ram 2500 as the possibly stolen vehicle, which was parked near a building near the rear of the property. Another deputy arrived on the scene and they made contact with a man who indicated that the property owner -- Warnock -- was inside a garage, of which both large doors were open.
Another man inside the garage then indicated that Warnock was out back. At that point, Warnock arrived driving a black Jeep Wrangler from around the corner of the building. When asked about the Dodge Ram, Warnock reportedly said he was not the vehicle’s owner and asked if deputies had a warrant. When deputies informed him that the Ram matched the description of one that had been stolen, he gave them permission to check out the truck.
The vehicle identification number matched that of the one stolen from York County. The reporting deputy then noticed that two other vehicles -- a white Ford dump truck and black Ford F-350 both looked brand new. A short time later, other deputies and investigators arrived, issued a search warrant and took over the scene.
According to the KCSO’s Facebook post, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Vehicle Crimes Unit assisted deputies in recovering three heavy duty pickup trucks, a dump truck, recreational vehicle, Jeep, and an enclosed utility trailer, all verified as stolen from different locations in the southeast.
The incident report listed six victims, all dealerships, including three Ford dealerships in North Carolina and Georgia; Mazda and Hyundai dealerships in North Carolina; and a Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealership in Fort Mill.
“The majority of these vehicles were new models with low mileage,” the KCSO posted on its Facebook page.
Saturday morning, the KCSO posted an update stating deputies had arrested Warnock.
“We believe this illegal operation has been up and running for several months… Investigators are currently recovering more stolen vehicles from other location,” the KCSO said.
And the agency had a warning for local residents and others who may have done business with Warnock.
“We are asking anyone to please contact the sheriff’s office if you have recently purchased anything from Mark Warnock, his acquaintances or his construction company,” KCSO officials said in the post. “The deal you got from them may have seemed (to be) ‘too good to be true’ for a reason. You can be charged for being in possession of stolen property or selling stolen property. Please come to the KCSO or any local law enforcement agency to verify your purchase from Warnock was not stolen. Way may be able to get restitution for you if your purchase was stolen.”
The investigation is continuing, and anyone who might have purchased something from Warnock or has any knowledge of the operation is urged to call the sheriff’s office at (803) 425-1512.