James Thomas Coulter
Larry Alan Coulter
(Walhalla, SC)—————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Pee Dee area men yesterday on possession of a stolen vehicle charges in regards to a vehicle reported stolen from Horry County.
James Thomas Coulter of 2411 Luck Road in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina and Larry Alan Coulter of 406 14 Avenue South in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina were booked into the Oconee County Detention Center yesterday. Both are 32 years old and are twin brothers. According to outstanding bench warrants, the Coulter brothers lived at one time at an address on Susie Circle in Walhalla.
Deputies were dispatched around 2:18pm on Memorial Day due to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a location on Ridge Road near Whitewater Falls Road in Salem. The vehicle was reportedly silver in color and was backed up in the woods off of Ridge Road.
The deputies found the Coulter brothers inside the vehicle once they arrived on scene and one of the deputies ran Larry Coulter’s license along with the license plate of the vehicle. Dispatch informed the deputy that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Horry County, which was also confirmed with authorities there.
Larry Coulter advised deputies that he borrowed the vehicle from his roommate and had advised his roommate that he was coming to Oconee County for the weekend. He also said he was supposed to have the vehicle back today but said he would return it tomorrow since Monday was Memorial Day.
James Coulter advised deputies that he does not live with his brother and that his brother picked him up several days ago for vacation. The brothers stated to deputies that they had come to Oconee County and were staying with an individual who lives on Ridge Road. Deputies spoke with that person, who told them that the Coulter brothers came to his residence and asked to stay for a couple of days.
One of the deputies spoke with the victim of the stolen vehicle by phone. According to the incident report, the victim told the deputy that the Coulter brothers held him at knife point, tied him up, and took the vehicle and all the money he had on him. He told the deputy that he filed a report in Horry County.
The Oconee County deputies placed the Coulter brothers under arrest for possessing and receiving stolen goods. The vehicle was towed and both brothers were transported to the Oconee County Detention Center. Upon arriving at the Detention Center, deputies were advised that Horry County wished to place a hold on both brothers and that, according to the incident report, warrants had been obtained there on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, grand larceny and use of a weapon during commission of a violent crime. It was also determined that both Coulter brothers had outstanding bench warrants in Oconee County on charges of trespassing and petit larceny. Those bench warrants are from January of 2012 in regards to convictions in court on the charges back on August 8th, 2011.
The Oconee County warrants for possession of a stolen vehicle state that both Coulter Brothers possessed a 2002 Buick Century without the authority to do so and both did know that the vehicle was stolen. The vehicle itself was reported stolen last Friday, May 23rd.