By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)—————————————-The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Westminster man with being in possession of a stolen vehicle.
39 year old Jeremy Stephen Black of Shady Lane was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 12:27pm. He was released from the Detention Center yesterday on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
Back on Saturday, February 11th, a deputy from the Uniform Patrol Division on routine patrol initiated a traffic stop on Wells Highway based on a traffic violation for an improperly displayed tag. The deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Jeremy Black. Black was unable to provide any proper identification in regards to the vehicle.
The deputy checked on passenger identification as well and discovered that a passenger, 44 year old Brantley Keith Black of Shady Lane in Westminster, was wanted in the state of Georgia and the deputy was notified by dispatch that Georgia wished to extradite.
The driver, Jeremy Black, was placed under arrest in regards to the investigation for improper display, no proof of ownership and operating an uninsured vehicle. The vehicle was towed from the scene and both Jeremy Black and Brantley Black were transported to the Detention Center, where Brantley Black was served a Fugitive from Justice Warrant and a hold was placed on him at that time by Probation authorities in Georgia.
Jeremy Black was released from the Detention Center later on February 11th on a combined $905.00 personal recognizance bond. Brantley Black was turned over to Probation officials in Stephens County, GA on February 13th.
During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy discovered that the South Carolina tag on the vehicle was reportedly for a 1990 Toyota Truck; however, the vehicle that Jeremy Black was driving was a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser SUV. The vehicle also had two separate VIN numbers, one in one location that came back to a 1990 Toyota Truck and one in another location that came back to the Toyota Cruiser which was out of West Virginia. According to the deputy, it appeared that someone had tried to alter one of the VIN numbers.
After the traffic stop, the vehicle was towed. Further investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division, with assistance from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and after locating the secondary VIN number, revealed that the Toyota Cruiser had been reported stolen out of Rutherford County, NC in November of 2016 and that the vehicle was valued at $15,800. The deputy spoke with the owner and the vehicle was confirmed to be stolen.
Based upon the evidence that was gathered, a warrant was obtained on the stolen vehicle charge against Jeremy Black.