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Deputies: Seneca man charged after stolen car found in lake

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William Richardson (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) William Richardson (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
The car being pulled from the lake in Anderson County. (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office) The car being pulled from the lake in Anderson County. (Source: Oconee Co. Sheriff's Office)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Seneca man is facing multiple charges after deputies said a car was stolen from Walmart and later found in an Anderson County lake.

Oconee County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Jimmy Watt said deputies responded to the Walmart in Seneca after an employee reported her Chevrolet Aveo missing from the parking lot at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

After viewing surveillance footage, deputies were able to identify a man wearing an orange shirt who got in the car and drove away.

Watt said a short time later, a woman told a deputy that she heard about the stolen vehicle on the scanner and knew where the car was located. She also said the man was now wearing a gray shirt and was heading to a boat ramp to leave the car.

The witness identified the suspect as 36-year-old William Richardson, according to Watt.

Deputies responded to where the car was last seen on Hemlock Road in Oconee County.

Richardson was seen walking from a house there to an outbuilding with car keys in his hand, Watt said. Deputies placed him in investigative detention.

A female witness at the house told deputies that Richardson had been living in the outbuilding, according to Watt.

The witness said when she returned home she saw the car parked near a ditch in front of her house, Watt said. Richardson told the woman he got the car at Walmart and wanted to change his shirt, according to Watt.

According to the incident report, Richardson reportedly told a man, who was with the witness at the house, to follow him to the boat ramp or he should assault him. 

The man told deputies he was scared and followed Richardson to the lake in Anderson County, where he saw Richardson drive the car into the lake, according to Watt. 

Richardson has been charged with grand larceny, assault and battery and his third offense of driving under suspension, Watt said.

According to Watt, a hold has been placed on Richardson for unrelated charges in Stephens County, GA.

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