Officials: Local pawn shop involved in shoplifting ring
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Officials with various law enforcement agencies swarmed the area of Mr. Flap's Pawn Shop on Wednesday. Officials say it was an attempt to put a stop to a shoplifting ring.
Berkeley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dan Moon said officials converged on the scene of the investigation at around noon on Wednesday.
Since, Moon said an arrest was made, several more arrests expected.
"We have been investigating this since the first part of January," Moon said.
The arrest made on Wednesday was Felicia Sanders Smith. She is charged with receiving/possession of stolen goods valued at $10,000 or more.
Investigators believe pawn shop operators provided people with a list of items to shoplift from stores across the nation -- items investigators say were later brought back and sold at Mr. Flap's or on Ebay.
"We believe that the pawn shop operators were directly involved with this," Moon said. "In fact, we are arresting a relative of the owner."
Moon said that relative is the daughter of the owner.
"We've uncovered an awful lot of items," Moon said. "A big part of that has been a discovery of over $100,000 in pet supplies."
Moon said investigating agencies were expected to be on the scene until late in the day.
"They are still boxing up stuff out here," he said. "It is going to take a good while."
In addition to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, the Goose Creek Police Department, Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, Mount Pleasant Police Department and SLED are involved in the investigation.
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