The Anderson County Sheriff's Office said three people were arrested for organized retail theft.

Deputies said shoplifters would steal large amounts of merchandise from various retail stores in Anderson, then sell it to people known as "fences" at a fraction of their retail value. These individuals would resell the items at flea markets for profit, deputies said.

The sheriff's office said the following people were identified as the "fences" and were arrested in connection with the investigation: Troy Fowler, 75, of Piedmont William "Billy" O'Leary, 44, of Anderson Peggy O'Leary, 41, of AndersonAccording to deputies, $121,997 worth of merchandise was recovered from properties belonging to Fowler and the O'Leary's after the execution of a search warrant last Thursday.

The sheriff's office said a four-wheeler that had been reported stolen out of Abbeville was also recovered during the search.

All three suspects were arrested and charged with organized retail theft.

According to the sheriff's office, the suspects stole from Home Depot, CVS, T.J. Maxx, Belk and Publix.

Deputies said retailers suffered a combined total loss of $9-12 million over a five-year period due the suspects buying from shoplifters.

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