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Elderly man’s stolen golf cart recovered

(L to R) Major Jason Chapman, Sgt. Det. James Washington, Sgt. Det. Bill Tindal and Cpl. K-9 Handler Will Janicki worked together to recover the victim’s property within 5 hours of receiving the call.

Property that was stolen from a 90-year-old Colleton County resident was recovered within five hours this past week, as local investigators say they worked to make sure one of Colleton’s seniors didn’t miss a beat in using his golf cart.
On January 21st, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office was notified that an EZ Golf Cart, the golf cart’s charger, and a golf cart utility trailer for the golf cart had all been stolen from a Cottageville residence. The victim is a 90-year-old Cottageville man. His identity as a crime victim will be withheld.
In addition to stealing the golf cart and the trailer, the thief, in this case, also stole the man’s wheelbarrow.
“We were told this man was a beloved member of our community, and we were happy to start working on recovering his property for him right away,” said Sgt. Detective Bill Tindal, one of the investigators with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office who helped to recover the man’s property. Tindal has been with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office for seven years. He was joined in his recovery efforts of the stolen property by three of his fellow Colleton County Sheriff’s Office investigators: Major Jason Chapman, Sgt. Det. James Washington and Cpl. K-9 Handler William Janicki.
According to officials with the sheriff’s office, the victim uses the golf cart to access his property. He has trouble walking and depends on the golf cart for transportation in his yard.
The initial call about the stolen property came into the county’s 911-center at about 3 p.m on January 21st.
By 8 p.m., the man’s stolen property had been returned to him.
“One of us left dinner, another of left the gym on personal time, and we all came back onto the job,” said Tindal. “I’m happy we could get the man’s property back quickly.”
The stolen property was located at a residence on Rhode Drive in Cottageville.
According to Tindal, there are four suspects in this case. One of the suspects – David Freniere, 47, of Cottageville – has been charged with receiving stolen goods. Three additional suspects remain at large as of press deadline on Tuesday morning.

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