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Deputies arrest new suspect in Laurens Co. auto-theft ring

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Deputies arrest new suspect in Laurens Co. auto-theft ring. (FOX Carolina/ June 15, 2017) Deputies arrest new suspect in Laurens Co. auto-theft ring. (FOX Carolina/ June 15, 2017)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Honda Accord has a cracked windshield and busted headlight. The Honda, and a motorcycle, sat in a towing-yard as both vehicles awaited the arrival of investigators and its owners.

"We will seek justice," Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder said.

Investigators say the car and the bike are the latest items recovered from a major auto theft ring. 

"They're taking from hard-working people to supply their habit," Reeder said.

He works with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office and says investigators are now looking for Kayla Armstrong and Dartagnan Pruitt. 

"These individuals live up in the Northern part of Laurens County around Chapman Road also the Fountain Inn, Simpsonville area," Reeder said.

Investigators say Armstrong and Puritt are connected to a theft ring which is linked to 10 other suspects. Deputies arrested 23-year-old Bryan Dilleshaw Thursday morning and previously arrested two juveniles. 

"From what we have gathered they're trading vehicles, parts, also items from burglaries for illegal narcotics- mainly methamphetamine," Reeder said.

Deputies first arrested several suspects back in May and on June 8, a 12-mile chase that ended in a crash near Getty Road in the county led them to more suspects. 

"They're actually just going up on people's property, punching the ignition or also people are leaving their vehicles unlocked," Reeder said.

Suspects charges range from stolen goods, drug and illegal gun possession, to damaged property.

"If we remove them from the streets, the drug dealer has one less client," Reeder said.

And because investigators say drugs are driving the auto theft ring, they hope recent arrests will put the brakes on the crime spree.

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