in stolen goods.
On Tuesday June 23, Colleton County Sheriff’s investigators with assistance from Dorchester County investigators, the Walterboro Police Department and SCDNR dissolved two theft rings recovering nearly a quarter of a million dollars in stolen goods.
The morning began with investigators recovering a 1964 Chevelle SS show car ($43,000), and an enclosed cargo trailer ($6,000) on Augusta Highway in Colleton County. One suspect, John Hart, was taken into custody.
Around noon, investigators observed a 2019 Ford F-250 traveling on Snider’s Highway matching the description of a truck reported stolen earlier in the morning.
At this time, a traffic stop was initiated. However, the driver failed to stop, resulting in a pursuit.
The pursuit ensued for 15 miles and reached speeds of 100 mph. During this time, deputies used tire deflation devices to aid in disabling the vehicle.
The driver, Dylan Futch, was taken into custody. The Ford F-250 ($60,000) was recovered with minimum damage.
Investigators interviewed both suspects. During the interviews, investigators learned of additional stolen property in Colleton County, leading to the recovery of a stolen 2017 Mack dump truck ($125,000) off Benton Farm Road.
In addition to the two initial suspects, authorities located a third “person of interest” in possession of a stolen Craftsman riding mower ($1,200). Also recovered was a 1999 Air Stream Camper ($11,000) and a large job site box full of stolen power tools from a business in Dorchester County.
Currently, John Hart and Dylan Futch remain in custody on an array of charges. More arrests are expected as large amounts of evidence and information are processed. This case is active and open. Therefore, further information is limited.
If you or someone you know observes suspicious activity in your area, please call the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office at 843-549-2211.