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Residents try to "Take Back Townville" from thieves

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"Take Back Townville" is a Facebook page designed to help neighbors retrieve stolen items (FOX Carolina) "Take Back Townville" is a Facebook page designed to help neighbors retrieve stolen items (FOX Carolina)
TOWNVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Bryan Batten counts himself lucky to have his truck back after it was stolen from his driveway in Anderson a few months ago.

"He basically went four-wheeling with the truck," said Batten of the thief. "I couldn't open the doors up from where he bottomed out," he added. 

Batten said the thief did $18,000 worth of damage to the Ford F150 before a friend spotted it and posted a photo to social media. 

"One of my guys called me, and said he thinks they found my truck over in Townville," he recalled. 

Residents of Townville said their beloved town is gaining a reputation for being a hotbed of theft.

FOX Carolina spoke with a woman who did not want to be identified. She started a Facebook page called "Take Back Townville," where citizens who are victims of theft can post pictures of their stolen property on Facebook, and their neighbors can keep an eye out for them. 
head on...Via social media. 

"The Facebook page was designed to report anything that was stolen," she said, "and everybody just opens their eyes and looks."

"We've recovered two vehicles, a kayak, three guns..." she said. 

She tells FOX Carolina the community watchfulness is leading to arrests  - and thieves don't like it. 

One threatened the lives of her family members. 

"He said that he would come and get our family and our children..." she said. "It is very terrifying."

Anderson Co. Sheriff John Skipper said his team has put a focus on Townville thefts in recent months - arresting 19 people last March for theft-related crimes and making 35 charges. 

Residents, though, say they wish there was more they could do. 

"These people go around where your children sleep at night," said the Facebook page's creator. "They don't care - they're armed."

Residents and law enforcement said much of the problem stems from criminals being released on bond too quickly. 

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