Operation Scrap Trap
Operation Scrap-Trap is a joint effort with Spartanburg County, Cherokee County, Laurens County, and Union County. This joint operation started December 1, 2010 and ended March 1, 2011. Undercover operatives were sent to every Metal and/or Precious Metal dealer in the counties. There were a number of arrests made across these 4 counties.
Property Damage: $65,700
Property Stolen: $228,800
Property Recovered: $14,000
Total Damage/Stolen Property: $249,500
This is an average of about $2915 in property losses per incident of metal theft.
There were 101 incidents in Cherokee County in 2010 involving scrap metal.
- 40 AC Unit/Heat Pumps, Stolen or Damaged
-16 Catalytic Converters Stolen
- 42 Copper Thefts
- 3 Vehicles Scrapped
10 Construction Sites
1 Cell Tower
Freeman Core Supply
Little Man’s Auto Parts & Wrecker
Vickers Auto Parts
Property Damage: $1.7 Million
Property Stolen: $2.3 Million
Property Recovered: $89,000
Total Damage/Stolen Property: $4 Million
This is an average of about $4000 in property losses per incident of metal theft.
There were 1,009 incidents in Spartanburg County in 2010 involving scrap metal.
439 AC Unit/Heat Pumps, Stolen or Damaged
29 Catalytic Converts
274 Copper Thefts
23 Vehicles Scrapped
243 Other Metal Theft Incidents
40 Construction Sites
27 Cell Towers
8 Department/Discount Stores
7 Drugstore/Dr. Office
There were 144 cases in Laurens County in 2010 relating to non-ferrous materials.
There were 122 incidents in Union County in 2010 involving scrap metal.
- 26 AC Unit/Heat Pumps, Stolen or Damaged
- 9 Catalytic Converters stolen
-31 Copper Thefts
- 46 Scrap Metal
- 3 Power Meters
- 4 Headstone/Grave Vases
- 2 Vehicle Parts
- 1 Radio Broadcast Transmitter Valued of $25,000