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by The Press and Standard | March 30, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: March 29, 2017 at 10:27 am
Two members of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office were working routine patrol in the southbound lanes of I-95 the morning of March 24 when they reportedly spotting a man driving erratically.
They pulled the driver over and asked for the man’s license — he offered them a identification card from New York. A computer check showed it was expired.
Another computer check, this time on the car, showed that it had been reported stolen from Daytona Beach, Fla.
The driver offered the owner’s name and said he had borrowed the vehicle for a few days.
When the man reported his car stolen to Florida law enforcement, he reportedly suggested the man being detained had likely taken his car. He allegedly broke into the man’s home and took the car keys and some other items.
The female passenger provided a Tennessee license that checked out and told deputies she didn’t know where the driver had gotten the car.
The information was enough for the deputies to take the driver, Wesley Gene Pittillo, 40, no address available, on a charge of possession of a stolen vehicle. He was also ticketed for his driving infraction.
A member of the sheriff’s office was called to a residence on Lowcountry Highway in Yemassee the morning of March 27.
The resident told the deputy that the evening before, he had parked his riding lawnmower, valued at $1,500, at the side of his house. The next morning, it was gone.
The deputy checking the property determined that the mower had been pushed out of the yard and down the driveway.