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Victim of auto theft ring speaks out

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From top-left to lower-right: Frankie Brooks, Cameron Clark, Donna Davis, Kenneth Harris, and Summer Smith. (Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) From top-left to lower-right: Frankie Brooks, Cameron Clark, Donna Davis, Kenneth Harris, and Summer Smith. (Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
Danny Joe Axson II (Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Danny Joe Axson II (Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Thirty-seven warrants have been issued for six people involved in an Anderson County car theft ring.

Deputies said their target was people making a quick run into the store, leaving their keys in the ignition.

Bob Cook makes a stop into a gas station every Sunday for a newspaper and he typically leaves his keys in the car.

"I walked in the store," said Bob Cook, who's truck was stolen. "I handed the lady a $10 bill for a newspaper.  She gave me my change I heard tires squeal. I looked through the door and I saw a black mustang going out that way.  It dawned on me my pick up truck which was sitting here is no longer sitting here."

Deputies said 24-year-old Frankie Brooks, 35-year-old Donna Davis, 18-year-old Cameron Clark, 31-year-old Kenneth Harris an 20-year-old Summer Smith were all in on a car theft ring. 

They said 36-year-old Danny Axson II is still on the run.

"We have connected them with 9 vehicles stolen," said John Skipper, Anderson County Sheriff.  "What they were doing is pull up in a parking lot and wait for someone to leave their keys in the car running like some folks do and then they would jump in that car and drive off."

The thefts went on for two weeks.  Officers said the gang would steal the cars for temporary use and then steal everything inside before abandoning them. 

Which begs the question of why anyone would leave their keys in their car.

"It's been a learning experience for me," said Cook with a smile on his face. "These were 22 and 23-year-old kids.  It's just not worth it. They've ruined their lives and it's just not worth it for them."

Deputies said everyone's vehicle was recovered, though damaged.  Officers said more charges could come and they are still looking for Danny Axson II.  If you have any information call crime stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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