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3 charged in Lexington County ‘chop shop’ operation

Crystal Marie Black, Richard Wade Davis Jr., Daniel James McCarthy.

Lexington County investigators have arrested and charged three people in connection to a chop shop in Pelion.

Crystal Marie Black, 27, and Richard Wade Davis Jr., 33, are charged with three counts of tampering with a vehicle identification number plate and one count of operating a chop shop, according to arrest warrants.

Daniel James McCarthy, 38, is charged with two counts of tampering with a vehicle identification number plate, one count of operating a chop shop and a gun possession violation, according to warrants.

“We received a tip from Richland County deputies on the location of a stolen vehicle Wednesday,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “We confirmed it was at a home in the 100 block of Otis Road in Pelion. That led us to get a search warrant for the property.”

Deputies found several other stolen vehicles and items including body panels, interior auto parts, according to Koon.

“Based on evidence collected on the property, the suspects removed vehicle identification numbers and other parts from stolen vehicles,” Koon said.

A handgun was found in a stolen vehicle McCarthy admitted driving, according to Koon. McCarthy has been convicted of a violent crime and is prohibited from possessing a handgun.

The three suspects were arrested at the scene Wednesday. They are being held in the Lexington County Detention Center.

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