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1/30/2013 2:39:00 PM
Local scrap yard has license suspended

A local scrap yard has had its license to purchase nonferrous metals suspended by the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office after an eight month investigation into their purchasing practices.

According to officials with the Greenwood County Sheriff’s office, Hwy. 34 Recycling has had its license to purchase nonferrous materials, such as copper, aluminum and stainless steel, suspended after an eight month investigation revealed that the company was violating South Carolina laws by not asking sellers for permits or identification.

According to multiple reports from GCSO from May 2012 to Jan. 2013, both Carl Jackson Jennings, 50, of 315 Breezewood Rd., and Linda Lee Richey, 39, of 312 Dendy Bridge Rd., both purchased scrap copper from informants that did not have proper identification or a permit to sell the scrap metal. On another occasion, officials say that the informant did have identification, but the receipt was written out with a different name since the informant did not have a permit.

According to South Carolina Code of Laws § 16-17-680(D)(1), A secondary metals recycler must maintain a record “containing, at a minimum, the date of purchase, name and address of the seller, a photocopy of the seller's identification, a photocopy of the seller's permit to transport and sell nonferrous metals, if applicable, the license plate number of the seller's motor vehicle, the seller's photograph, weight or length, and size or other description of the nonferrous metals purchased, amount paid for it, and a signed statement from the seller stating that the seller is the rightful owner or is entitled to sell the nonferrous metals being sold.”

Reports indicate that on multiple occasions, both Jennings and Richey were warned about their violations, but continued to purchase nonferrous metals from individuals without the proper documentation.

GCSO obtained warrants for Jennings and Richey for illegally purchasing nonferrous metals and suspended their license for purchasing nonferrous metals. Officials say that the scrap yard can still buy other forms of scrap.

According to the reports, after deputies handcuffed Jennings he motioned one of them off to the side. The report states that Jennings told the deputy that he had contraband in his pocket and attempted to convince the deputy to “not see” the contraband. The deputy refused and searched Jennings, locating 1.2 grams of meth and a glass meth pipe on his person.

Both Jennings and Richey are facing multiple charges for illegally purchasing nonferrous metals. Both were arrested and released on bond.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Article comment by: Ferrum Itzal

Talk about ridiculous! And I love how the greenwood reporters completely ignore all the garbage that scrappers have to deal with!

"According to South Carolina Code of Laws § 16-17-680(D)(1), A secondary metals recycler must maintain a record “containing, at a minimum, the date of purchase, name and address of the seller, a photocopy of the seller's identification, a photocopy of the seller's permit to transport and sell nonferrous metals, if applicable, the license plate number of the seller's motor vehicle, the seller's photograph, weight or length, and size or other description of the nonferrous metals purchased, amount paid for it, and a signed statement from the seller stating that the seller is the rightful owner or is entitled to sell the nonferrous metals being sold.”

Look at all that mess and tell me that you can comply with that when you have dozens of customers every day. Stealing scrap is bad stuff, I know, but instead of targeting the purchasers, how about the cops nail the thieves to the wall?

The government is getting their cut of the money by making it illegal to sell scrap without a permit because now they can bust anyone that doesn't have a permit. They used the theft of copper as an excuse to justify the permit idea, but it's no different than them banning video poker and then coming out with the lottery. They wanted the money.

How harsh was the sentence for stealing copper or manhole covers or ground wires? You got a slap on the hand and were back doing it again in a few hours. Do it ten times in a row and nothing happened. And the cops wonder why thefts didn't decrease?


Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Leslie Hill

You all are missing the real point here and its the next to the last paragraph where "Jennings" tried to get an officer to overlook what he had in his pocket. Meth...come on ppl. Thats pathetic and down right stupid. Not only are they doing taking in stolen metals but doing drugs as well. Im sure if GC would look a little deeper they would find more than that. Oh and last but not least I've heard way to much and for way to long ppl making excuses for these ppls actions. And ppl wondered why Josh and I didnt want a 5 yr old running around down there. Thats why he stays at home with us, where he is safe and out of harms way!!!

Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Vieth

Why don't the buyers get arrested also? If the criminals have no buyer, there will be no need to steal! When someone brings in a number of manhole covers, storm grates ect. the scrap dealer must surely know that these are stolen. If I bought anything stolen, I would be arrested for receiving stolen goods. Why are these scrap dealers different?

Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Richey

To those of you that think we were taking in stolen scrap knowingly is way wrong. It was people that came up here all the time. One of the them used our kindness to get a 15 year sentence shortened to 4 and a half years. This man was working for Greenwood county setting us up while he stole, broke in to house, check fraud etc...we had no idea he was doing any of it til it was to late. I don't steal and don't believe in it. I did things wrong but I did not take stolen scrap knowingly. I wish folks would hear both sides of the story before judging us. You would if it was you!!

Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013
Article comment by: Bruce Riggins

I agree with you Mack. Someone stole my heat pump last year and nobody was ever arrested for it... let these two be an example for them.


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